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Berberian Sound Studio Opening This June

IFC Films revealed today that Berberian Sound Studio will be hitting select theaters and VOD on June 14th.  You can read our review here.

Here’s the synopsis…

1976: Berberian Sound Studio is one of the cheapest, sleaziest post-production studios in Italy.

Only the most sordid horror films have their sound processed and sharpened in this studio. Gilderoy, a naive and introverted sound engineer from England is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by horror maestro, Santini.

The Italian Giallo Opening Title Sequence Featured in Berberian

The giallo-esque opening credits sequence of Berberian Sound Studio has found its way online and we had to share it because it is arguably the only thing worthwhile in the entire film.  (Thanks to our pal Sam Zimmerman over at Fangoria for the heads-up.)

The credits capture the tone of the ’70s and serve as the introduction to the film-within-the-film The Equestrian Vortex, a production Berberian’s main protagonist, played by Toby Jones, is at work on.  Unfortunately, Equestrian is far more fascinating than Berberian Sound Studio.

I go into more detail about that in this review.  Berberian Sound Studio hits next year.

Podcast! Shock Waves 2.4, the Fantastic Fest Episode

It’s post-Fantastic Fest wrap-up time…  

ShockTillYouDrop.com’s Ryan Turek and FEARnet.com’s Lawrence Raffel are back from the 8th annual Austin, Texas event and they’re here to tell you about the best and worst films.  Listen in as they weigh in on Antiviral, American Mary, Frankenweenie, Berberian Sound Studio, Come Out and Play, The American Scream and more!

Music provided by: Nine Inch Nails (“Last” from The Cabin in the Woods soundtrack)

Fantastic Fest Review: Berberian Sound Studio

Berberian Sound Studio is quite possibly one of the most difficult films I’ve watched all year.  That’s a pity, too, as the premise was very promising and very, very exciting.

Depending on what you’ve read about the story, the popular synopsis going around says the film is about a British sound engineer who is hired by an Italian producer and director to work on their ’70s horror film.  Soon after, “life imitates art.”

That’s partially correct.  Toby Jones plays Gilderoy, and yes, he’s a sound engineer working on a Suspiria-esque film called The Equestrian Vortex.  Whether life actually imitates art for Gilderoy remains to be seen.  Indeed, some trippy business does occur, but none of it makes sense.  More than anything, Berberian Sound Studio is tantamount to monotonous, well-photographed behind-the-scenes footage of a film production – dull, pretentious self-important posturing that doesn’t amount to much and is more frustrating than absorbing.

Fantastic Fest 2012: The Collection to Make Its Debut, Wave 3 Announced

Fantastic Fest has announced thee final installment of programming for Fantastic Fest 2012, including the world premiere screening of The Collection, the anticipated sequel to The Collector.  Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.

When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena. “The Collection,” directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton, is a suspense horror film with nonstop thrills at every turn, starring Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises), Emma Fitzpatrick (The Social Network), and Christopher McDonald (Requiem for a Dream).  

LD Entertainment will release The Collection in theaters November 30th.

Head inside for the final wave of films at this year’s festival!

TIFF 2012 Trailer: Berberian Sound Studio

The first trailer for Berberian Sound Studio has arrived, giving you a better look at this Toronto International Film Festival entry starring Toby Jones and directed by Peter Strickland.

Jones (The Mist) plays Gilderoy, a man hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by Italian horror maestro, Santini (Antonio Mancino). As time and realities shift, Gilderoy is lost in a spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat.

TIFF 2012 Photo Preview: Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio

UK helmer Peter Strickland stepped behind the camera for a slice of cinema called Berberian Sound Studio.  An odd title that I suspect will change into something more generic if/when it gets U.S. distribution.  But don’t let its moniker turn you off, the film is set against the backdrop of a Italian horror production in the late 1970s.

Toby Jones (The Mist) plays Gilderoy, a man hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by Italian horror maestro, Santini (Antonio Mancino). As time and realities shift, Gilderoy is lost in a spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat.

The film will play to Toronto International Film Festival audiences next month and we’ve got a peek via a handful of images.