Only movie buffs will be taken in by thriller Berberian Sound Studio's psycho
22:54 GMT, 30 August 2012
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (15)
A certain kind of film buff will adore Berberian Sound Studio, a paranoid thriller set in the Seventies.
It shows a timid sound engineer from Dorking (Toby Jones) becoming desensitised and then corrupted by the experience of dubbing an Italian horror flick.
He also becomes more and more angrily aware that no one's ever going to pay the expenses he's owed. Someone has to pay!
One for the movie buffs: Toby Jones as Dorking in Berberian Sound Studio
Those in the know will chuckle over references to sensationalist pieces of the era made by directors such as Dario Argento, Mario Bava and Lucio Fulci.
All we see of The Equestrian Vortex, the film under production, are its red-and-black opening titles, hinting at grisly horrors to come.
British writer-director Peter Strickland teases us by never showing the movie.
This is entertaining up to a point, but the reasons for our anti-hero's derangement are largely unexplored – the notion that his repressions would crumble during the course of one job seems weirdly far-fetched – and the plot becomes anti-climactic and hard to understand in the final reel.
This cheaply made film had the potential to cross over to a mass audience, but it lacks the inclination to make that leap and settles instead for being a small-scale art-house picture.
Some are hailing it as a masterpiece. I'd say it's a missed opportunity.
Now watch the trailer