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Off KeyWhen Film and Music Won't Work Together$
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Kay Dickinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326635

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.001.0001

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♦ ♦ Troubling Synthesis: The Horrific Sights and Incompatible Sounds of “Video Nasties”

♦ ♦ Troubling Synthesis: The Horrific Sights and Incompatible Sounds of “Video Nasties”

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Kay Dickinson

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326635.003.0005

This chapter examines the film and music combination in violent motion pictures. Some examples of these films include Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond and The Cannibal Apocalypse. This chapter describes how these films overlay a barrage of unflinchingly violent imagery with often smooth, mellifluous synthesizer scoring that refuses to comment negatively on the visual track. These films were banned in Great Britain under the 1984 Video Recordings Act and they were called “video nasties”.

Keywords:   violent motion pictures, Cannibal Holocaust, The Beyond, The Cannibal Apocalypse, violent imagery, synthesizer scoring, video nasties, Video Recordings Act

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