"People writing songs that voices never share": Berberian Sound Studio Trailer
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"People writing songs that voices never share": Berberian Sound Studio Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 15, 2013 | Comments ()


Now here's a neat little indie horror film that's already lapped around the film festival circuit and now is getting an actual real world release this summer. Berberian Sound Studio tells the story of a sound designer working on a horror film, and seems to detail a descent into madness. Here's the trailer:

And here's the obligatory plot summary:

1976. A mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy (Toby Jones) arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy. But as Gilderoy begins to work on this unexpectedly terrifying project, it's his own mind that holds the real horrors. As the line between film and reality blurs, is Gilderoy working on a film--or in one?

The trailer looks appropriately mysterious and creepy, with that subtle menace of the best psychological horror. There's an interesting meta level here also, in which to the audience's ears the sound designer's effects will sound the same to us as if the actual events occurred. The membrane between the film and reality ensures that what is real and fiction to the characters within the film flattens to us.

Plus the title looks like the punchline to a joke asking what you'd call Attila the Hun if he was a Belieber.

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  • Renton

    Saw this at my local cinema a while back - loved it.

  • Tony Maxwell

    I saw this a few months back on an online movie site. It progressed so slowly; those blank, kind of dumbfounded looks you see on Jones' face throughout the trailer stunned by what he's witnessing and remaining that way throughout the entire film, yet it could be someone hammering a nail or taking out the trash from his POV. It's a very dull and anticlimactic waste of time, and Toby Jones was excellent playing Truman Capote, so I forgive him for seeming as puzzled as the viewer is about what's supposed to be so damned "creepy" about it.

    I had to see the trailer to get any closer to understanding the story, a helluva lot more entertaining than the bloated feature I suffered through.

  • ,

    Between the whispering and the screaming, I don't think I understood two words of dialogue there. I'll pass unless they close caption this thing in the theater. Or I'll wait until they DVD it, since nothing cool ever comes to my theaters anyway.

    Fuck you, Carmike.
    Fuck you, Regal.

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