reach any real payoff (giallo payoff, thriller payoff, character-study payoff, whatever). Wish very much that I'd liked it more.
Brilliant Shining-like idea, and strong central performance by Toby Jones, let down by underwhelming digital cinematography, gimmicky editing, and some woeful acting by the entirety of the supporting cast. What could have been deliciously nightmarish is instead a cold pretentious plod, with one or two flashes of brilliance towards the end (one completely silent sequence being a super-chilling standout).
Great atmosphere for a not so good written flick. A sincere homage to italian horror, with the right sound and look, truly chilling and funny at the same time, but in the second half something begins to go wrong. In the end I was, well, a bit confused and I had the feeling the director didn't know exactly where to go...
Good movie with great atmosphere and mood. The acting is spot on considering the stereotypical characters and the production values are stellar. The problem is that the movie sounds, looks and feels like a winner but the script lets everything down towards the end. The set up is so juicy it's a shame that the third reel ultimately goes nowhere. Pity...
Macciao, ultimi 20 minuti da urlo. Un film sul giallo italiano che è superiore a tutti i tentativi di resuscitare il genere degli ultimi 30 anni. E poi -diocometivogliobeneStrickland- il doppiaggio italiano in un film inglese è superiore al doppiaggio italiano in un film italiano.
Unable to cope with my mind's eye. A promising argument that goes nowhere.
Unassailable sound design and a conjuring of 70s Italian genre films like no other. But: It reminded me too much of Boe's *Everything Will Be Fine*. I.e., on the one hand, its technical merits border on brilliance; but on the other, it remains stubbornly blank when it comes to emotion or dramatic effect. Another way to say it: its technical mastery creates rhythm and tension (cinema), but that mastery fails to
while last years Amer wore it's heart on it's sleeve in a none too original homage/pastiche/mix tape of giallo psycho-sexual tropes and managed to be simultaneously better than most giallo and more hollow, Berberian Sound Studio goes another route - creating an insular,study of the genre and it's often mysoginistic, trashy core - and all without showing anything really except the inside of a sound studio - brilliant!
Fantastic, but this is gonna be a divisive one. It's not quite horror so coming at it like that is already a bust. Feverish and uncomfortable, and unlike many self-reflexive giallo, this avoids indulging in the boobs-and-gore while making incisive points about the genre. First come the pretentious justifications, then the fetishistic violence, and in the end it's all a way to get off. Hardly a love letter.
Very successfully captures the crepuscular vulnerability that arises from going to a strange place with its incomprehensible language. A claustrophobic experience that cleverly creates an internalised world, one that is as womb-like and abandoned as an Argento film, and more desperate.
If your idea of horror is gore and jump scares, you will be very disappointed with this film. It's psychological, surreal, and plays with diegesis. Obviously you'll get more out of it if you're a fan of gialli, although that's not essential. If you liked Inland Empire, you'll probably like this as they share thematic and stylistic elements.
everything in it's right place, producing strong pieces that somehow don't result in an equally strong and satisfying whole. it maintains a frustrating reservation, it's style and constant dread demanding more more expectation from the viewer thanit plans to make good on. definitely want to give some unreserved love to the Broadcast soundtrack though. On it's own, it's a strong experiment/swan song. RIP Trish Keenan.