October 27, 2018

Horror Lighting 101: How to Use Uplighting in Fresh, New Ways to Scare Your Audience

Holding a flashlight under your chin might be an old-fashioned horror technique, but, in general, uplighting can still be used to scare the bejeezus out of your audience.

Let’s get real—most old horror flicks are not scary by today’s standards. I mean, Boris Karloff stomping around as the Frankenstein monster doesn’t really make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up the way a possessed tween masturbating with a crucifix does, you know? Despite the highly evolving content of horror films, many of the cinematographic techniques used to elicit scares are the same, namely the use of uplighting.

I know, I know. Uplighting, the whole “flashlight under your chin” thing, is dated and boring and 100% not scary, but let Aputure’s Nerris Nassiri show you how modern horror filmmakers put the technique to work in fresh, new ways to make their audiences squirm in their seats.

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Source: NoFilmSchool