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I took my early teen children to the original release. The movie was accompanied with special audio equipment which allowed outrageous sound levels without distortion, and I am here to testify that scary music played at horrifying levels in a scary movie magnifies the chilling effects to maximum proportions. The family voted to leave because they were petrified.
A few years ago, when the DVD came out I bought it to see the end and test whether the major part of the effects we felt were content or sound effects. The DVD was a complete dud leaving me with the conclusion that cacophonic levels of sound can multiply horror effects out of all proportion to content. So, to that extent the audio experiment by the movie's producers/director was a success, I guess.
"Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche