Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Foley Artists and the People Who Love Them

It's not often when there comes around a movie that I can't snark at liberally and judiciously.

Berberian Sound Studio is one of them.

For one thing this isn't standard horror, it's ABOUT horror and the thought processes that go into it.  It's about a talented foley artist hired to work on an Italian giallo film called The Equestrian Vortex.  It's about a slow descent into madness because Gilderoy, our foley artist (played by Toby Smith), has never worked on a horror film before and, since this takes place in the 70s, that's not unsurprising.

It's about the toll that making sounds for horror takes on a relatively unstable mind. 

It's about how the quiet ones think.

And it's a glimpse into a piece of the movie industry that goes completely unnoticed.

And that's really about all I can say about it.  It's fascinating and haunting.  If you're at all a fan of giallo, I thoroughly recommend this movie.  Hell, I recommend it, anyway.

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