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To Chilling Effect

Only the truly trained can accurately describe how despair sounds without a noise filter. A sound technician finishes his horror movie script.

“Johnny Checks In” by Mike Sobotka, Foley Artist

INT. SHADY KNOLL HOSPITAL—HALLWAY

JOHNNY walks down the hallway of the old, decrepit building. Rain FALLS GENTLY on the roof, as if someone in a cherry picker was slowly pouring a bucket of marbles onto a tin roof. Johnny’s bloody, bare feet CRUNCH ASPHALT as if you were hearing someone slowly chew ice. In the distance, a flock of crows CHIRP OUT A CHORUS OF WARNING not unlike the Crows_Warning.WAV file that comes preloaded on Audacity. Johnny’s pulse POUNDS like a small plastic trashcan being squeezed by a technician with just the right force, and at the very specific rhythm, needed to simulate the beating of a heart.

Johnny pauses, takes a deep INHALE, like a Hoover XL Symphony vacuum after the hole has been detached and the machine has been set to Steam Mop, and he continues walking.

JOHNNY Frankie?

His voice ECHOES through the hallway as if he was standing precisely 10 feet from the north wall in a standard racquetball court and speaking directly into the ground.

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