i saw berberian sound studio, which is about a soundman/engineer working on a giallo soundtrack and found it to be funny in places with a few tiny, tiny chills but its basically just like a documentary on being a foley/fx guy with a negligible sense of narrative (and a negligible sense of italy too – it never quite felt authentically 70s/italian). i got the impression they were going for something other than ‘how does horror affect those who make it’ but then couldnt think of anything better so threw it in towards the end which made it seem really underdeveloped since the majority of the film basically passed without much of interest happening other than little observations about working abroad, being faced with a foreign culture, not knowing the language, homesickness/going a little crazy, feeling like people are taking advantage of you, etc etc. i did like all the gear-porn and seeing how they did the sounds (which is no doubt why the film has received such amazing reviews – all a bit OTT if you ask me) but it made me just want to watch an actual documentary about making horror. it also just made me want to watch brian de palma’s blow out, which was a much more exciting film about sound recordists. the conversation too while im at it.
can you guys think of any other films that would fit here?
Blow Out by De Palma.
Never cared for The Conversation, but I’d rank Blow Out among my ten favorite films.
Not a horror film (maybe it it depending on how you look at it) but Ry-Russo Young’s Nobody Walks deals with the relationship between a sound engineer and a young filmmaker who’s looking to add sounds and music to her experimental films about insects. This kind of acts as a loose, and I mean very loose adaptation of Teorema. The film is far from great but does contain great moments. This is Young’s latest film and compared to her others, is actually geared to a more mainstream crowd and is co-written by Lena Dunham. Which is why it’s probably not that great.