I went to see Ex Machina last night (Highly recommend, by the way) and one of the pre-movie trailers was for the new Poltergeist remake. The trailer was full of jump scares, and I kept hearing the same woman loudly gasping in shock at each jump. She sounded like she was sitting two or three seats away from my husband. At the very last jump scare I heard several more people in the audience reacting in fright, as expected.

After the movie I mentioned it to him, and he said he heard her too but it most certainly was not the woman in the group next to him, and he thought those noises were actually just the surround sound, possibly the mother in the movie reacting as her child is attacked by an unknown presence.

The thing is: I’m currently working on a post about upcoming horror movies, and had watched another Poltergeist trailer just hours earlier, and those sounds were absolutely not in the online trailer. So I’m now convinced that the theater trailer had surround sound audience reactions laid over it to make it seem scarier.

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Has anyone else noticed anything like this? Or has this been going on for ages and I’m the just last one to catch on?