Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Director: Peter Strickland. Cast: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni. 92 min. Not Rated. UK. Horror/Thriller.

This may not sound politically correct, but do sub-genres originating from a specific demographic, tell us anything about its people? Do the blood and gore-soaked Italian giallo horror movies (Deep Red, Suspiria) mean Italians are accustomed to violence? Whatever your beliefs are, this movie gets pretty close to that concept. An English sound engineer joins a gruesome giallo film crew, and realizes he needs to become one of them to succeed. While expecting a better ending, the film helped me understand how the genre's shot angles, sound mixing and editing techniques made even rotten vegetable look scary.

Mo says:

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  1. Great film, thanks for the heads up!

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    1. You're very welcome. Glad you liked it.

      :-)

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  2. It made me wonder how Gilderoy would have felt if he was the sound mixer on Human Centopede?

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    1. I know! You would think sound engineers would be delighted to do horror movies, where they can show their talent ...

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  3. The sheer amount of work in dubbing a movie is staggering.

    It was funny to see all the gore being represented by smashing, stabbing and slashing vegetables!

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    1. And the close-up shots of those crumpled vegetables will make me think twice the next time I'm having salad.

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  4. I'd love to see the movie they were dubbing but I expect it was invented for this film.

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