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It is sometimes stated that light from below or 'underlighting' can be used in movies to evoke fear in the viewer. I'm curious, are there any written sources for that claim? In filmmaking or film studies textbooks? Or even some academic studies?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. Where you said "It is sometimes stated..." can you please provide an example or two? $\endgroup$ Sep 10 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, sure! For example: "Underlighting — Light shines from under the character’s face, creating a sinister and creepy effect." (thefilmpost.medium.com/…) Also throughout this tutorial video: youtu.be/jPDBMYSGvSs And of course it was also something that was mentioned a few times in film school. $\endgroup$ Sep 12 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ Just a guess but light from below is not a very natural phenomenon. Just like recognizing faces upside-down etc. $\endgroup$
    – Fizz
    Sep 16 at 8:42

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