Sensorial transparency in Thrillers’ dread scenes

  • L.B ABUHASSAN University of Petra, Amman, Jordan
  • K.A.A OMARI The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
Palabras clave: Film Theory, Phenomenology, Sensorial Transparency, Thriller Films. / Fenomenología, Películas de Suspenso, Teoría del Cine, Transparencia Sensorial.




In a previous paper, the researchers Lama Abu Hassan and Kifah Al Omari provide a new definition for the phenomenology of transparency in thriller films. Accordingly, they suggest that it is possible to extract three forms of transparency; the personal, substance, and sensorial transparency. They thoroughly discuss these forms, taking the film HUSH directed by Mike Flanagan as a case study. This paper concentrates more on sensorial transparency, arguing that it is the form that best fits the cinematic dread prototype. The researchers provide many examples that help to understand its effect and level of engagement with the viewers.



En un artículo anterior, los investigadores Lama Abu Hassan y Kifah Al Omari proporcionaron una nueva definición para la fenomenología de la transparencia en las películas de suspenso. En consecuencia, sugieren que es posible extraer tres formas de transparencia; la transparencia personal, substancial y sensorial. Discuten a fondo estas formas, tomando la película HUSH dirigida por Mike Flanagan como un estudio de caso. Este artículo se concentra más en la transparencia sensorial, argumentando que es la forma que mejor se adapta al prototipo de terror cinematográfico. Los investigadores proporcionan muchos ejemplos que ayudan a comprender mejor su efecto y el nivel de compromiso con los espectadores.

Biografía del autor/a

L.B ABUHASSAN, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan
Lama Bilal Abuhassan has recently completed her Ph.D. combining Architecture with Cinema from Cardiff University. She has completed MFA in Cinematic Arts (2012), M.Sc. in Architecture (2009), and BA in Architecture (2005). She is the co-founder and project director at SPACES Architectural design studio. She has been working as a film producer for many short films coming out with two award-winning films. Now, she is a lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan.
K.A.A OMARI, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
Kifah Ali Al Omari earned his BA in English at The University of Jordan, Amman in 1991, his MA in English Literature from the same university in 1995, and his Ph.D. in English Literature from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2006. He works now as an Associate Professor of English literature at the Department of English at The Hashemite University, Jordan. He is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, detective fiction, modern theories of literary criticism, and cultural studies.


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Cómo citar
ABUHASSAN, L., & OMARI, K. (2020). Sensorial transparency in Thrillers’ dread scenes. Utopía Y Praxis Latinoamericana, 25(1), 343-352. Recuperado a partir de