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MOH: SOUNDS LIKE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Starring:
Chris Bauer
Laura Margolis
Blaine Anderson

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
After his son's death, call centre supervisor Larry Pearce begins to develop extraordinary hearing. Unfortunately for him, he can't pick and choose the range of his acuity and naturally begins to go insane.
Is it good movie?
First things first, this bad boy was directed by Brad Anderson, the director of the awesome Christian Bale flick, The Machinist. This means of course that this entry into the Masters of Horror series would be more dramatic and psychological than it would be gory. And it is- and it's great!

Start with the start, Larry believed he could actually hear the heart condition developing within his young son. Can you imagine the ramifications of that? And now, as a call centre supervisor, imagine what it would be like to hear everything within that kind of busy area. It would be almost instantaneously maddening. On top of this, his home life is strained, and a new baby is on the way.

First, the acting is great, both Chris Bauer and Laura Margolis are amazing, and turn in necessarily good performances. They've got to be as realistic as possible while dancing on the fine line of the absurdity of the episode. Also, the congruity of the sounds Larry hears and the things going on in Larry's life are amazing and complementary as well. Of course this is hard to describe, but let me tell you that you will be unsettled by watching this particular entry. The theme of noise and sound is expounded upon very well and masterfully crafted.

I did think that the whole thing drug on a bit long and that the lack of a sense of time passing sort of hurt the proceedings, but these are minor quibbles. This is an atmospheric and intelligent entry into the Masters of Horror series that will get your attention, hold it and have you think about it afterwards. It's not a bloody body count flick, but a well crafted mindf*ck.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks great, like most commercial Masters of Horror releases.

Audio is also pristine, and it has to be in this case. You won't be disappointed with the 5.1 Dolby track.
The Extras
First up is a 12 minute making of featurette called Aural Madness, which is the standard stuff, but still you can tell the piece was made with love. It's got interviews with writer/director Brad Anderson, Chris Bauer, Laura Margolis, director of photography Attila Szalay, production designer David Fischer, Editor Andrew Cohen, and the main FX man, Howard Berger. If you think that's a lot of people to showcase in 12 minutes, you're right, there isn't enough time given here.

A Cacophony of Sounds Like is a look into the film's special effects and only runs a disappointing 5 minutes long. It's cool though, going into great detail about the aural presentation of the film, and profiling the mooks who won a contest to visit the Masters of Horror studio when this was being filmed.

There's also an Audio Commentary by Director Brad Anderson which is very interesting stuff. Anderson goes into great detail about the importance of sound and scoring in the film, and how they needed to be accurate. I dug this commentary.

You'll also find you get trailers for Hatchet and a bunch for other Masters of Horror episodes.
Last Call
First up is a 12 minute making of featurette called Aural Madness, which is the standard stuff, but still you can tell the piece was made with love. It's got interviews with writer/director Brad Anderson, Chris Bauer, Laura Margolis, director of photography Attila Szalay, production designer David Fischer, Editor Andrew Cohen, and the main FX man, Howard Berger. If you think that's a lot of people to showcase in 12 minutes, you're right, there isn't enough time given here.

A Cacophony of Sounds Like is a look into the film's special effects and only runs a disappointing 5 minutes long. It's cool though, going into great detail about the aural presentation of the film, and profiling the mooks who won a contest to visit the Masters of Horror studio when this was being filmed.

There's also an Audio Commentary by Director Brad Anderson which is very interesting stuff. Anderson goes into great detail about the importance of sound and scoring in the film, and how they needed to be accurate. I dug this commentary.

You'll also find you get trailers for Hatchet and a bunch for other Masters of Horror episodes.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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