One film I am definitely looking forward to at this year’s Film4 FrightFest is Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio. Last week we had a clip playing on the site (which you can see right here) and now Empire magazine have premiered the film’s trailer on their site and we’ve got it below to show off. Early word on Stickland’s second feature is very good.
Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones as an Englishman abroad on an Italian horror film set going a bit mad. It has screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival recently. The film will be released by Artificial Eye in the UK on August 31st if you don’t get to see it at FrightFest the week before.
In the 1970s, a British sound technician (Toby Jones) 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.