SXSW 2021: Sound of Violence

Alexis is a helpful, happy little girl at the age of 10, and although she’s lost her hearing in an accident, she still loves to listen to music. But when she not only witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, but intervenes, managing to kill the assailant with a meat tenderizer, something very strange happens. The experience awakens synesthetic abilities; spontaneously recovering her hearing, Alexis also discovers that she can “see” sound – the sound of violence in particular.

Cut to: Alexis (Jasmin Savoy Brown) is now a young woman, pursuing her passion through academia. Everything seems to be going well for her, despite having been orphaned and survived a tragedy at such a young age. But not even Alexis’ closest friend and roommate Marie (Lili Simmons) knows that Alexis’ hearing is once again in flux, and before she loses it again, she’s determined to complete her masterpiece. Of course, the addictive synesthesia that haunts and inspires her requires some increasingly gruesome sound design. The music she creates is accompanied by orgasmic cinematography, fueling her obsession with bloody, graphic violence and its beautiful sounds.

Sound of Violence is indeed a horror film; Alexis may be a composer, but the pursuit of her music sends her on a killing spree that will rank this film quite high in terms of gore. You’ll come to distinguish the sounds of hearts being perforated, skin being peeled from bone, bloody stumps still plucking at stringed instruments, blood pouring out of orifices from too much song. It’s a symphony unlike any other. It pushes past conventional boundaries, and I’ll admit, the movie lost me on more than one occasion, having asked of me just a little too much. But those inclined to horror will appreciate the marriage of savagery and sound – not music to my ears, perhaps, not exactly a pop tune meant for radio, but a rare orchestral piece whose movements will surely awaken something in you.

8 thoughts on “SXSW 2021: Sound of Violence

  1. Liz A.

    I could not read that last paragraph. It got a little too graphic. And if that was too graphic, I’m sure the movie is much, much worse.


  2. tubularsock

    Jay, you have got to be fucking kidding!

    Tubularsock can see right from the top that Sound of Violence isn’t Sound of Music unless it is Tubularsock’s remake where Julie Andrews is cut in half by a sub-machine gun and is hung out to dry over a barbwire fence at the Swiss border!

    Ahhh, another family film.

    One does have to wonder why one would make a film of this nature and more importantly have it produced and even have viewers.

    It does fit however within the confines of a society that will pay their tax money to a military machine that murders men, women, and children who HAVE DONE NOTHING and have the citizens then turn around and say, “thank you for your service” to ever murdering military asshole sicko they run across.

    Oh well, blood and gore is the in the American genes so why would anyone really be surprised?

    Needless to say, I’ll miss this one!


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  3. selizabryangmailcom

    Beauty, and entertainment, is in the eye….
    It sounds pretty gross but the intent behind it is fascinating and witnessing the marriage of the two might be worth it….
    I mean, as long as no one is screaming and in pain. I hate that.
    But, like, I maybe wouldn’t mind getting inside this woman’s head. You know, what’s it all about, Alfie?

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