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5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood, but outstanding, 20 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Berberian Sound Studio [DVD] (DVD)
When the lights came back on in the cinema some of the audience muttered their annoyance and disappointment: it was not the horror movie they had expected. So for those of you of that leaning: THIS IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE. Why it is categorized as such is a mystery to me.

What it is is a brilliant study of one man's unhinged descent into a world of untethered and unapologetic egos and naked exploitation. Peter Strickland uses his unusually accurate insight into the dark underbelly of Italian life to recreate the suffocating, exploitative working environment of a claustrophobic sound studio devoid of natural light: the setting for most of the film. Toby Jones is superb in his role as the awkward, seemingly friendless sound effects recordist, as indeed are his fellow actors Cosimo Fusco (the producer) and Lalya Amir (voice-overs). In fact, all were perfectly cast.

For me The Berberian Sound Studio is an extremely rare movie whereby after the first 30 seconds into the intro I knew I was going to love it. It's not horror, but you are always anticipating a gruesome intervention in a world lauding the artistic merits of medieval female mutilation. Apart from a thoroughly hypnotic story, the cinematography is beautiful in a chilling and tactile chiaroscuro rendering (more scuro than chiaro).

Do not watch this movie if you're looking for some retro Hammeresque homage. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a riveting visual and auditory journey into the rise of horror and fragmentation within the self, then you will not be disappointed.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2013 04:25:00 GMT
G. Crandall says:
I would say the movie qualifies as a horror movie. For one thing, its an homage to the Giallo genre, which itself is often debated as far as whether or not it qualifies as horror. Nonetheless, its a horror movie, just not your typical horror film. Films that feature "unhinged descents" often walk a fine line, but the simple fact that he's not only going mad but is actually making a horror movie ensures that it goes on my horror shelf.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 09:33:29 GMT
CMSN says:
Okay, but if it is to be filed under 'horror' - I appreciate how wide the spectrum is - then it needs the label, 'warning: no actual gore or violence'. The entire set and script works off the horror genre (as well as questioning it's excesses). While I acknowledge that it does walk 'a fine line', for me it doesn't ultimately cross into horror as, say, in Shadow of the Vampire where absurdity and comedy do finally make the crossing into horror, albeit mild.

Posted on 24 Feb 2013 19:00:29 GMT
sam Arnold says:
This film genre comes under merde.
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