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Selling 'Silence' in Contemporary Horror

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

"Selling 'Silence' in Contemporary Horror: Krasinski's Quiet Consumers"

Presented by Professor Selma Purac as part of the FIMS Seminar Series, hosted by the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.

Everyone is welcome. Contact Karen Kueneman for the Zoom link at

Abstract: While John Krasinski’s 2018 film A Quiet Place was celebrated by many for its unconventional silence, the film is in fact rooted in horror cinema’s long-standing experimentation with sound, stretching as far back as the silent era. The film’s initial script and its marketing, however, prove to be less traditional than the movie itself. Ultimately, these unique paratexts succeed in selling – first to producers and then to the public – what was otherwise a conventional, albeit intriguing film, and they do so through their own sonic experimentation. My talk will consider the film’s script and its marketing, which represent the difficulty of telling a story, and of selling it, when quiet is key.

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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