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"Masters of Horror" Sounds Like (2006)

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Masters of Horror: Season 2: Episode 4 -- For call center supervisor Larry Pearce (Chris Bauer of THE WIRE, THIRD WATCH and 8MM), listening is a way of life. His days are spent monitoring hundreds of tech support phone conversations, his ultra-sensitive ears attuned to every nuance of voice and sound. But in the months following his young son's tragic death, Larry's hearing intensifies until it becomes virtually superhuman. Now simple noises around him have amplified into a cacophony of torment. And as Larry slowly begins to lose his grip on reality, he must take violent action to quiet the deafening clamor. In a world where nothing screams louder than the madness of grief, how far will one man go to find the ultimate paradise of absolute silence?


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Mick Garris (creator)
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Original Air Date:
29 October 2006 (Season 2, Episode 4)
Deeply affected by a personal tragedy, an office drone comes to realize his sense of hearing has taken on extraordinary capabilities that could drive him insane. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris Bauer ... Larry Pearce

Matty Finochio ... Tech

Laura Margolis ... Brenda
Matthew Burgess ... Tech 3

Blaine Anderson ... Tech 2
Linnea Sharples ... Tech 1

Nicholas Elia ... Larry's Son
Grant Elliott ... Doctor

Richard Kahan ... David

Robert Underwood ... Father
Jaida Kong ... Daughter

Michael Daingerfield ... Jim
David Allan Pearson ... Manager
David Lovgren ... Therapist

Nimet Kanji ... Cashier

Marc-Anthony Massiah ... Cop 1

Michael Jonsson ... Cop 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Maggie Ma ... Pencil Chewer in Library (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Brad Anderson 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Brad Anderson (teleplay)

Mike O'Driscoll (short story)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Steve Best .... associate producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Steve Brown)
Ben Browning .... co-producer
Andrew Deane .... executive producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... line producer
Original Music by
Anton Sanko 
Cinematography by
Attila Szalay (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew Cohen 
Casting by
Stuart Aikins 
Sean Cossey 
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
David Rapaport  (as David H. Rapaport)
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Art Direction by
Teresa Weston 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... special effects makeup
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist (as Michael Fields)
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist
Terry Hanson .... first assistant hair stylist
Tanya Hudson .... first assistant makeup
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Adina Shore .... key hair stylist
Margaret Solomon .... key makeup
Leslie Graham .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: Starz Productions (as Margo Zimmerman)
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Sheri Mayervich .... unit production manager
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: Starz Productions
Pascal Verschooris .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ania Musiatowicz .... third assistant director
Darren Robson .... second assistant director
Ian Samoil .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... assistant art director
Nick Dibley .... property master (as Nicholas Dibley)
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
Mark Jones .... set dresser
John McIntosh .... greens
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Nathalie Morin .... assistant set decorator (as Natalie Morin)
Zbibgniew Scheller .... construction foreman (as Zbish Scheller)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Jean Brophey .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Izabela Domachowski .... set dresser (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (uncredited)
Rowena O'Connor .... assistant on-set props (uncredited)
Scott Riddell .... second assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Kevin Belen .... re-recording mixer
Brian Campbell .... dialogue editor
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue/adr supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Devan Kraushar .... sound effects editor
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post-production coordinator
Glen Noseworthy .... adr mixer
Iain Pattison .... re-recording mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jaremy Aiello .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Randy Ball .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Mark Boley .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Derek Heselton .... best boy special effects
Grady Holder .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jim Leonard .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Ben Rittenhouse .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
A.J. Venuto .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Attila Vaski .... lead/fab/asst (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Matt Belbin .... digital effects editor (as Matthew Belbin)
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor
Les Quinn .... cg artist
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Jonah West .... digital compositor
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor
Jayson Castro .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Paschke .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Cooper .... first assistant camera (as Sandy Cooper)
Lane Koch .... first assistant camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Steve Sherlock .... key grip
Jared Smith .... best boy lighting
Shai Vera .... best boy grip (as Shae Vera)
Peter Wilke .... camera operator: "b" camera
Richard Wilson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Cantin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ian Gariepy .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Aaron Haesler .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeremy Spofford .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenna Owen .... assistant costume designer
Tyler Tone .... set costume supervisor
Debra Torpe .... costume truck supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Cordes .... color timer
Andrea Dixon .... color timer
Asim Matin .... assistant editor
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... editorial coordinator
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title music (as Edward Shearmur)
Transportation Department
Louie Hausner .... transportation captain
John Swetlikoe .... transportation coordinator
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
Jovan Vujatovic .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Christine Barrie .... stand-in
Laura Collini .... script supervisor (as Laura June Colini)
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Desroches .... production coordinator (as James Desroches)
Annie Doyon .... assistant accountant
Scott 'Big Dog' Franklin .... assistant location manager (as Scott Franklin)
Elissa Friedman .... production administration manager: Starz Productions
Cameron Grierson .... assistant to producer
Cameron Grierson .... script coordinator
Richter Hartig .... production auditor: Starz Productions (as Richter Q. Hartig)
Dave Harvey .... assistant accountant
Andrea Kaufman .... production coordinator: Starz Productions (as Andrea M. Kaufman)
Katy Lew .... executive administrator
Susan Nestibo .... location manager
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Adrian Salpeter .... assistant to producers
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in (as Stephen Tibbets)
Bill Vigars .... unit publicist
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Beverly Wiens .... production accountant
Stephanie Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nancy Heller .... office manager: Anthem Visual Effects (uncredited)
Krista Johnston .... clearance (uncredited)
Simona Pandele .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

58 min
Australia:MA (2007) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:18 (DVD rating) | Germany:16 (TV rating) | Italy:VM14 | Spain:18 | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When talking to the shrink, Larry says he monitors 531 conversations a day, then says "that's 2,655 times a day...". He should have said 2,655 times a week.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Madness in Season 2, 19 November 2006
Author: Kevlar01 ( from Edmonton, Alberta

I'm starting to notice a little trend in season 2 so far and that is with the theme of madness and alienation. In "Damned Thing" we had the madness embodied in a vengeful spirit representing mankind's greed and corruption, this demon descends upon a town and drives it's residents into a murderous frenzy. In "Family" we had an alienated man who's clearly gone insane by finding his connection with people is best made by killing them and implementing them as skeletons into his home unit.

And now comes along "Sounds Like", another episode dealing with these two themes. The story follows a man who has lost all love and connection towards the world. He has grown distant from his wife, is awkward when talking to neighbors or co-workers, and spends most of his time in the garage where he blocks out all the sounds of the world with ear guards while doing odd jobs. What really makes this episode work so well is the truly horrific look of anguish on our protagonist's/antagonist's face every time he is bombarded by the noise around him.

From the deafening grinding metal on metal as his wife knits to the ominous beep of the fire detector's dying battery in his house, Brad Anderson has created a truly torturing world for his lead character to endure. In this world is actually a very interesting message as well. That sometimes the quiet, serene sides of nature and the silence which can be found in everyday life is much more valuable than one may think. In surrounding ourselves with the hectic city environment of cell phones, road construction, and office politics; its a wonder more people haven't completely lost it in their mundane day to day existence. Of course having extra sensitive hearing and loosing ones son doesn't help with this all either. But "Sounds Like", although a stellar horror film on its own, is also a strangely intriguing character/societal study.

As tensions build from the overwhelming noise and stress in this world, "Sounds Like" builds up to a disturbing and terrifying conclusion. Every single amplified sound effect is used extremely effectively to provide a more intimate approach for it's viewers. In watching "Sounds Like" its hard NOT to feel bad for the lead character in some ways. And its even harder not to feel like you're going a little mad from the noises in the film as well. They are overwhelming, annoying, unnerving, and intelligently used.

Overall, an excellent episode. Brad Anderson has crafted an, at times, brilliant tale with this one. If Season 2 of Masters Of Horror has been disappointing for you so far, this installment should reassure you that good things are still to come. I'd say this one deserves a respectable 8 out of 10, and that rating will likely increase after the subsequent re-viewings it deserves.

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