I watched Berberian Sound Studio this weekend. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I was under the impression it was going to be a pretty straight forward giallo. But it isn’t at all. It is not a giallo in the basic sense (there is no body count), but it is very much a giallo at heart. Great atmosphere, slick, stylish lighting and camera work, interesting soundtrack, and bizarre characters. There’s this great overwhelming sense of tension throughout the film, but it never really pays off. It’s actually quite clever.
I really liked how the only killings that were happening were on screen (you never see them) for the “Equestrian Vortex”…and the camera operator was wearing black gloves insinuating the “killer” aspect of a giallo film would have. It was a quite ingenious of “adding a body count”.
I enjoyed it.