Berberian Sound Studio (2013)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many things: an anti-horror film, a stylistic tour de force, and a dream of cinema. As such, it offers a kind of pleasure that is rare in films, while recreating in a highly original way the pleasures of Italian horror cinema. (c) IFC
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Toby Jones
as Gilderoy
Cosimo Fusco
as Francesco
Fatma Mohamed
as Silvia
Eugenia Caruso
as Claudia
Chiara D'Anna
as Elisa as Teresa
Pál Tóth
as Massimo
Susanna Cappellaro
as Veronica as Accused Witch
Jozef Cseres
as Massimo
Katalin Ladik
as Resurrected Witch
Lara Parmiani
as Chiara as Signora Collatina
Lara Parmiani-Chiara
as Signora Collatina
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Critic Reviews for Berberian Sound Studio

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (24)

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Writer/director Peter Strickland intriguingly weaves into the story a movie-within-a-movie that we barely see, but we hear.

July 4, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A sometimes interesting, sometimes head-scratching movie that pays homage to the old ways of the sound mixing world and to the "giallo" genre of horror that was prominent in Italy during the 1970s.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[It] not only exploits one of cinema's most important modes, it also attempts something more difficult: turning a genre movie into a work of art.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Boston Globe
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A one-trick pony, but it's a reasonably cool trick.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Berberian Sound Studio


_kelly .King
_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


An imaginative and expertly edited psychological thriller/meta exercise that dissolves the barrier between reality and fiction through a fantastic sound design, beautiful scene transitions and a smart cinematography that nicely references the style of the Italian giallos of the '70s.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Total waste of one and a half hours. Made no sense whatsoever. I don't mind weird or something that doesn't quite add up until the end, but when it's both those things and still doesn't have an explanation of some type, I get a bit annoyed!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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