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May 28, 2013


We can't come up with a better name than Berberian Sound Studio?

Berberian Sound Studio

There's a fun new trailer for a movie coming out in a few weeks that I'm really excited about. Here's the story: an English sound engineer arrives in 1976 Rome to produce the sound for an Italian horror film. The Italian movie looks like a lovingly blood-soaked homage to the great Italian giallo movies of the 70's: it's called The Equestrian Vortex, and it's set at an all-girls riding school and involves witches and lots of graphic murder. Anyway, strange things start to happen at the recording sessions (featuring screaming voice actors and shots of Foley artists brutalizing heads of lettuce and large melons) that blur the line between movie and reality. The reel-to-reel editing scenes actually look tense and creepy, and I think the whole thing will be stylish, pulpy fun. Plus, Broadcast did the soundtrack, which is out on Warp. Cool!

But somehow, this gory romp ended up with the title Berberian Sound Studio, as though the Armenian-inflected name of a production facility in which scary things happen would somehow get audiences excited to see the movie. Dario Argento would be dismayed, especially since this movie sounds like a combination of his classics Suspiria (murderous witches at all-girls ballet school) and Deep Red (Englishman in Italy witnesses horrors).

Here's the trailer:

The actor playing the English sound engineer is Toby Jones, who's had the misfortune of playing Truman Capote immediately after Philip Seymour Hoffman, and then playing Alfred Hitchcock immediately after Anthony Hopkins. But this time Toby Jones is going to OWN the role of freaked-out English sound engineer.

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You are so right: what a lame and confusing title. Most of all it's a disappointment in how it ignores the titling scheme used by Argento: shouldn't this be titled "Audio" or "Sounds of Blood"?

But I still want to see BSS, so... they still win!

Posted by: Ivan at June 5, 2013 1:54 PM

I would LOVE to see a quasi-Italian movie industry horror flick called "Audio". Or maybe "Bloodtrack"?

I did read somewhere that "Berberian" might be a reference to Cathy Berberian, a 60's singer who recorded a lot of strange vocal recreations of orchestral pieces, which is cool and all, but not at all relevant to an witchy Argento-inspired bloodbath.


Posted by: amy at June 6, 2013 2:42 PM

"Bloodtrack" rules!

Posted by: Ivan at June 6, 2013 2:48 PM