Starring: Antonio Mancino, Chiara D'Anna, Cosimo Fusco, Eugenia Caruso, Guido Adorni, Katalin Ladik, Salvatore LI Causi, Susanna Cappellaro, Toby Jones
Director: Peter Strickland
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, Horror
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 92 min
A mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy. But as Gilderoy begins to work on this unexpectedly terrifying project, it’s his own mind that holds the real horrors. As the line between film and reality blurs, is Gilderoy working on a film - or in one? [IFC Films]
"Strickland’s nuanced, atmospheric, ambiguous movie transcends genre."
- Jamie Graham, Total Film
"The creepiness builds with symphonic precision until reality truly is indistinguishable from fantasy."
- Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Icily disquieting rather than scary, the film is less an exercise in narrative than in tonal mastery."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrète nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs. It is seriously weird and seriously good."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
"A clever, elliptical, slightly bizarre and altogether transfixing psychological thriller."
- Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Director Peter Strickland brilliantly ratchets up the tension without showing a single frame of the grisly film."
- The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
"It is one of the year’s very best films, a great, rumbling thunderclap of genius."
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"Strickland' command of tone, aided by Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" editor Chris Dickens and, of course, sonic wizards Joakim Sundstrom and Steve Haywood, is masterful, jarring and discombobulating the viewer as Gilderoy's mind unravels."
- Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio is one horror film that opts to skip the usual frolic among those metaphorical monsters in favor of a deeply unsettling dive into the subconscious."