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Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 31 August 2012 (UK)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fatma Mohamed ...
Silvia as Teresa
Salvatore LI Causi ...
Fabio (as Salvatore Li Causi)
Elisa as Teresa
Claudia as Monica / Screamer
Veronica as Accused Witch
Guido Adorni ...
Chiara as Signora Collatina
Jozef Cseres ...
Pal Toth ...
Massimo (as P'l Tóth)
Katalin Ladik ...
Resurrected Witch
Jean-Michael van Schouwburg ...
The Goblin (as Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg)


A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

31 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Berberian Sound Studio: La inquisición del sonido  »

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Film debut of Antonio Mancino. See more »


At the very beginning of the film, Elena calls Francesco to announce Gilderoy's arrival at the studio. Although the film is set in Italy, when she picks up the phone a continuous dial tone is heard, which is normal for the US or UK; however, the actual dial tone would have sounded very differently in Italy, a country where the phone system has a very distinctive and non-continuous dial tone (consisting of a 425Hz tone with a duration of 0.6sec followed by a 1 second pause, followed by a 0.2 sec tone then a 0.2 sec pause, repeated in a loop until the first digit is dialed). See more »


Giancarlo Santini: Gilderoy, this is going to be a fantastic film. Brutal and honest. Nobody has seen this horror before.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are actually put together of those from The Equestrian Vortex, the fictional horror flick that's going to be post-dubbed in the movie, with fast-cut animations, medieval depictions of hell, demons, naves, animal skeletons and tortured female faces, mostly red and black colored. See more »


References Evil Ed (1995) See more »

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15 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

First and foremost it has to be recognised that the design and execution of the sound sequences in this film are outstanding. It's almost worth ninety minutes of your time just to listen to this film, the sound design is so good. It's also pretty satisfying if you have a fetish for old sound equipment – all those reel-to-reel tape decks and retro-futuristic signal generators and so on. From that point of view and from the sound perspective this film was absolutely up my street. Toby Jones as the lead could not be faulted and I would happily watch anything with him in it.

So what was wrong with it? Well it was sub-Lynchian without ever coming near to the pleasures and terrors of an actual David Lynch film. You can almost hear the director straining to hit the tone of a Lynch film and falling badly short every time. The script was at times very amusing but mostly it was just plain trivial or superficial. The story was incomprehensible, again not in a Lynch fashion where the very incomprehensibility adds to the mystery but in the fashion of someone striving for portentous but merely achieving pretentious.

It's worth seeing/hearing for the fantastic design but as a film it fails to engage and it fails to be half as clever as it thinks it is.

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