A film that has quietly slipped under the radar of many horror fans is the upcoming UK film Berberian Sound Studio which will be helmed by Peter Strickland. I would assume that when this film gets picked up for a U.S. distribution (which I’m confident it will) they’ll change the name to something that’s a little bit more inspiring. It’s set against the backdrop of Italian horror in the late 1970’s which is during a time when some of the best films of the genre were made, making this the perfect setting. Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones who’s becoming a house hold name in the horror genre with his fantastic role in The Mist and his turn as the Master of Suspense as Alfred Hitchcock in HBO’s The Girl.
“Set in 1976: Gilderoy (Jones) is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by Italian horror maestro, Santini. 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.”
Strickland is certainly heading in the right direction with this film because it doesn’t fit the mold of many of the horror films we’ve been getting recently and seems to be bending the genre in a way. I see a lot of potential in Berbarian Sound Studio (even if the title is bland at best) and will be keeping my eye on this one as it gears up for the Toronto International Film Festival next month. So with that, take a look at a handful of some great images of the film.