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Berberian Sound Studio
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"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."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Berberian Sound Studio follows Hitchcock's doctrine fully: what information audiences fill in with their imagination is always more horrifying than anything that can be filmed"
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"This twisty psychological horror yarn from writer/director Peter Strickland is the best kind, one that is open to many interpretations but can be enjoyed on its own creepy and insinuating surface."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"For much of British director Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio, not much actually happens. But for the devoted cinephile, it's utterly entrancing."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[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."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Independent
"A movie that may whisper dark secrets into your ears at night, when you're trying to forget it."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"Writer/director Peter Strickland intriguingly weaves into the story a movie-within-a-movie that we barely see, but we hear."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A one-trick pony, but it's a reasonably cool trick."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Berberian Sound Studio refuses such a climax: it at once celebrates giallo and takes it apart, disassembling it like Derren Brown explaining an illusion."
‑ Sam Davies, Sight and Sound
"...stylishly creepy psycho-thriller that pays homage to the Italian horror scene of the '70s."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Berberian Sound Studio is a film for critics. General public -- come at your own risk."
‑ Tony Macklin,
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