Comedic Pause
The music goes completely silent when a joke is made in a trailer.


(permanent link) added: 2011-11-29 09:19:11 sponsor: mr3urious (last reply: 2011-12-01 16:34:55)

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This is a device common in many film trailers, especially nowadays. When a joke is delivered or something funny happens (often in comedy trailers), the background music stops, as if to tell you "this is when you're supposed to laugh". The music may also slow down or stop with a needle scratch.

The Trope Namer is from James Rolfe's "Top 10 Worst Movie Clichés", where this made number 3.

Related to Trailer Joke Decay.

NOTE: Since the Comedic Pause is all too common in trailers, no examples should be given.
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