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Asia Argento, Dario Argento and Cannes Film Festival - Asia Argento and Dario Argento Saturday 19th May 2012 'Dracula 3D' photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Asia Argento, Dario Argento and Cannes Film Festival
Asia Argento, Dario Argento and Cannes Film Festival
Asia Argento, Dario Argento and Cannes Film Festival
Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann and Cannes Film Festival
Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann and Cannes Film Festival
Asia Argento and Cannes Film Festival

Dario Argento, Asia Argento and Cannes Film Festival - Dario Argento and daughter Asia Argento Saturday 19th May 2012 'Lawless' photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Dario Argento, Asia Argento and Cannes Film Festival
Dario Argento, Thomas Kretschmann and Cannes Film Festival

The Mother Of Tears Review


Weak
The apocalypse is held over in Rome and, per usual, perennial schlockmeister Dario Argento is behind the entire thing. People are getting strangled by their own guts, women are taking butcher cleavers to their children, large bald men are dispatching lesbians by poking out their eyes and shoving large spears up their hoo-has. Just another day for Mr. Argento and his lascivious daughter Asia as they bring the trilogy that started with the master's classic Suspiria to a laughably berserk end. But really, how else could it have ended?

As previously mentioned, Rome has gone insane and it's all because of a dagger and three little statues dug up by a priest in some back-country cemetery. These troublesome artifacts find their way to a young art historian named Sarah (Ms. Argento) and her friend Giselle. As Sarah goes to fetch the cleaning supplies, Giselle gets her mouth split open and gets strangled by her large intestine before being consumed by three demons and their screaming pet monkey. As regular citizens begin to take to random acts of violence, Sarah is suspected of involvement by a detective (Cristian Solimeno) while she hides away with Michael (Adam James), the head curator of the museum.

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The Cat O' Nine Tails Review


Good
One of Dario Argento's better horror flicks -- helped amiably by Karl Malden as a blind crossword puzzle creator who, with the help of a local reporter, stumbles into a murder mystery, replete with creepy, dubbed Italians. Ultimately, Malden ends up in a supporting role, but the lively story, impressive close-up gore sequences (watch early on as a train runs down one poor sap), and at least moderately interesting twists make it worthwhile.

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Inferno Review


OK
A bony devil-person, a haunted school, a mysterious occult legend, and body count the size of any action movie make up Inferno, Dario Argento's sequel to his cult classic Suspiria and the second of his "Three Mothers" trilogy -- a trilogy which only saw two movies made. Make sense? Not at all, but it's so innovatively gory and gruesome that it's hard not to alternately laugh and be grossed out by its wicked killings. The big finish sets up the third movie so well that you actually wish for Argento to go ahead and make it already, if for no other reason than to end your utter confusion.

Suspiria Review


Essential
"Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated Academy of Freiburg. One day at 9:00 in the morning she left Kennedy Airport and arrived in Germany at 10:40 PM local time..."

A tumultuous thunderstorm of drumming, both primitive and achingly familiar, the gurgled throbbing of a bass line and sinister voices chanting and howling as a young woman races through a night forest in the midst of a deluge. Lightning flashes revealing snatches of something in the woods running along side her. The music crescendos, lightening hypnotically strobes, the colors are supersaturated deep reds and blues and screaming fills the cool night air.

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Deep Red Review


Good
Dario Argento pops out one of his more accessible yet still obtuse thrillers with Deep Red, in which a psychic is murdered (she shoulda seen it coming!) and the ensuing investigation ends up with body after body piling up. The inimitable David Hemmings steals much of the show, but it's Argento's trademark candy-red blood, appearing here in copious volumes, which really turns the stomach.

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Sleepless Review


Good
You've got to hand it to Dario Argento -- he might be a king of schlock, but he sure is inventive about it.

With Sleepless (a direct-to-video feature), Argento somehow convinced Max von Sydow to appear in this story about a decades-old killer who appears to have come back from the dead. Or is it a copycat killer? Von Sydow plays an old Italian(!) police detective who solved a 1983 serial killing spree in Turin. Long since retired, he is called upon once again when the same M.O. turns up in a rash of murders in the present. Argento spikes this derivative plot idea with some curious (to say the least) plot details. The original killer was a dwarf -- and the police round up the entire Turin dwarf population in the present-day investigation. And some of the murders are nothing short of bizarre -- most notably when one poor girl gets repeatedly impaled through the face with a clarinet, shown in graphic detail. Argento's usual touches -- plenty of gore in extreme close-up -- are readily found.

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Phenomena Review


Good
The Phenomena here must be how Jennifer Connelly's utter lack of acting ability on display in this film eventually translated to an Academy Award later in her career. Lessons? Dunno. Anyway, Dario Argento's movie is rather typical of his oeuvre and one of his better attempts. In this installment, a sleepwalking (literally) Connelly uses her odd ability to communicate with insects (yes, she can even hear them over the synth-ballad soundtrack!) to help an investigation into a serial killer who's plying his trade near her Swiss boarding school. Silly and hammy, it's redeemed by some interesting moments and a good amount of suspense, despite the fact that there's a giant monkey pushing Donald Pleasence in a wheelchair. And I'm not kidding.

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Scarlet Diva Review


Weak
Were it not for her semi-famous father, director Dario Argento, Asia Argento would undoubtedly by wading thigh-deep through the porn industry right now. She may as well be: Scarlet Diva, her semi-fictionalized life story (written by, directed by, and starring herself), has the poor Italian girl whoring her way across Europe as she experiences rock shows, drug deals, and domestic violence -- though her movie alter-ego "Anna Battista" is far more famous than Asia will ever be.

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Dawn Of The Dead (1978) Review


Very Good
Ten years after the original Night of the Living Dead, George Romero returned to his zombie plague in what is widely considered that rare sequel which is better than the original. He certainly had more money to spend -- the movie's in color, with pretty good production values, extreme gore, and zombies galore. The story, of course, remains the same, as our gang of mismatched heroes hole up in a shopping mall while zombies surround them, Romero's tongue-in-cheek ode to Americans behaving as consumerist cattle. The splatter effects are outstanding and fairly pioneering for 1978, but any sense of foreboding is outweighed by the movie's repetitive plot. Two hours is just way too long for a zombie movie, folks, no matter how much flesh gets eaten.

Tenebre Review


Weak
Gory but not particularly effective Argento horror flick, complete with his usual touches: secret villain, topless Italian beauties, and an overbearing organ score. The story is pretty straightforward, paced steadily by keeping time via body count: An American murder novelist (his book is oddly spelled Tenebrae, the movie Tenebre) visits Italy, only to find someone copy-catting the book's M.O. (See also Basic Instinct.) Is the killer who you think it is, only not to be, because that's too obvious? Ah, skip it.
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The Mother of Tears Movie Review

The Mother of Tears Movie Review

The apocalypse is held over in Rome and, per usual, perennial schlockmeister Dario Argento is...

Suspiria Movie Review

Suspiria Movie Review

"Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance...

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