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Its reach may exceed its grasp, but with Berberian Sound Studio, director Peter Strickland assembles a suitably twisted, creepy tribute to the Italian Giallo horror movies of the '70s that benefits from a strong central performance by Toby Jones. Read critic reviews

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A sound engineer tortures people to get the sounds he needs for his work in an Italian horror studio.

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Hilda Péter
Auditionee
Layla Amir
Equestrian Girl
Hans Geissendoerfer
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Katherine Butler
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Robin Gutch
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Hugo Heppell
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Critic Reviews for Berberian Sound Studio

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  • I have never encountered anything quite so auditorily menacing... I promise you have never seen, or heard, anything like it, and Toby Jones's performance is fantastically gripping.

    September 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If you're open to films that fearlessly twist the conventions, and that mine the language of sound and image for their own strange potential, you'll get a kick from this rivetingly inventive, abrasively un-British piece of nightmare cinema.

    December 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Berberian Sound Studio refuses such a climax: it at once celebrates giallo and takes it apart, disassembling it like Derren Brown explaining an illusion.

    December 31, 2013 | Full Review…
  • While it's a loving homage to movies like Dario Argento's Suspiria and is crafted with tons of style, it leaves out one key ingredient: being even remotely scary.

    October 4, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Radishes, cabbages and melons meet horrific ends in Berberian Sound Studio, a down-the-earhole psychodrama where what you hear is more terrifying than what you see.

    August 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Berberian Sound Studio is just an exercise in meta -- a movie more about generating sensations than making sense -- but it's provocative and effective in the way it shows how a movie doesn't have to be "real" to be disturbing.

    July 11, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Berberian Sound Studio

  • Dec 19, 2016
    Very clever little giallo about the making of a giallo.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2016
    I love the way the sound design informs the internal struggles of the main character in such a way it re-contextualizes almost every scene, and the overall dynamic of the story itself. The sound studio setting is also a brilliant way to call out this clash between the very British way of internalizing emotion versus the outward fiery passion of these Italian artists, each dealing with a power struggle, and working toward a similar goal.
    Hayden B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2015
    An imaginative and expertly-edited psychological thriller/meta exercise that dissolves the barrier between reality and fiction using a fantastic sound design, beautiful scene transitions and a smart cinematography that nicely references the style of the Italian giallos of the '70s.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2015
    Fabulously designed, shot and performed, this film will be especially pleasing for giallo film fans. The ending is a little too abrupt and abstract for me, but otherwise I loved this unique, economical movie.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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