Tag Archive: dario argento

Dec 20

Demons II

demons2Genre: Horror
Year: 1986
Country: Italy

original title: Demoni 2… I’incubo Ritorna
aka: Demons 2: The Nightmare Continues, Demons 2: The Nightmare Returns, Demons 2: The Nightmare is Back

Director: Lamberto Bava
Starring: David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Bobby Rhodes, Asia Argento

 

 

The nightmare returns

 

Demons 2 (1986) - Movie Review

 

May 31

Mother of Tears

motheroftearsGenre: Horror
Year: 2007
Country: Italy

original title: La Terza Madre
aka: The Third Mother

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno, Adam James, Moran Atias, Valeria Cavalli

 

 

What you see does not exist. What you cannot see is truth.

 

 

May 02

Trauma

traumaGenre: Horror / Thriller
Year: 1993
Country: USA / Italy

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, Piper Laurie, Frederic Forrest, Laura Johnson

 

 

 

 

Some nightmares haunt you. Some… can kill you.

 

Review of Trauma (1993)

 

Apr 03

The Stendhal Syndrome

stendhalsyndromeGenre: Thriller / Horror
Year: 1996
Country: Italy

original title: La Sindrome di Stendhal
aka: Syndrome

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti, Paolo Bonacelli

 

 

After trying his luck with an all-american production of Trauma (1993), Dario Argento returned to Italy to do a personal project based on a powerful experience he encountered as a child on vacation with his parents.

When he later came across a book by Graziella Magherini about the Stendhal Syndrome, he figured out that this was what he had experienced as a child and he immediately became very interested in this strange syndrome, making it the basis for the story of this film.

The Stendhal Syndrome deals with the young and promising police detective Anna Manni (Asia Argento) who is on the hunt for a serial rapist/killer. Her hunt brings her to the famous Uffizi Gallery museum in Florence, where she experiences a traumatic feeling of becoming lost and overwhelmed by the displayed art.

The killer exploits the opportunity by kidnapping and raping Anna. He does not kill her though, but even after the rape he still keeps track of her and Anna cannot feel safe that he won’t attack her once again… unless she finds a way to get to him first.

May 31

Inferno

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Genre: Horror
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi, Sacha Pitoeff

 

Terror that’s hotter than hell

 

After pretty much completing the giallo genre forever with his excellent 1975 effort Deep Red, Dario Argento would go on the make a fantasy horror film called Suspiria, that would put him in the horror hall of fame forever. The beautiful film about a witch called Mother Suspiriorum is running a famous ballet school in Munich, Germany took the wonderful visual skills Argento and brought in a new element of fantasy and nightmares that would make the film a unique piece of cinema.

And of course people wanted more. Three years later, Argento had another film ready for hungry horror fans of the unusual. Inferno tells the tale of a young musicology student named Mark Elliott is studying in Rome when he receives a letter from his sister Rose, crying out for help. Rose has been investigating the story of the «Three Mothers» and are convinced that one of them, Mother Tenebrarum is living in a unique building complex in New York.

Sep 24

Demons

demonsGenre: Horror
Year: 1985
Country: Italy

original title: Demoni
aka: Dance of the Demons

Director: Lamberto Bava
Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paolo Cozzo

 

They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

 

Cheryl is traveling on the Berlin subway when a mysterious man starts to follow her. It turns out that all he wanted to do was to give her a free ticket to a local movie screening at a newly renovated cinema.

She decides to go to the screening with her friend Kathy, but their evening will not be a quiet and safe experience at the movie theater. Instead reality starts to imitate the horror film that is being shown on the big screen and the entire theater gets infested by bloodthirsty demons.

Demons is a collaboration between Lamberto Bava, who directed it and Dario Argento who produced the film and also co-wrote the script together with Bava, Dardano Sacchetti and Franco Ferrini. Some Italian horror films of the 80’s might have been accused of putting the plot secondary to the violence and great visuals and if there ever was any need for proof of that being true, then Demons would be a great choice to back up that claim.

Jun 11

The Card Player

AV_CardPlayer_DVD.inddGenre: Thriller
Year: 2004
Country: Italy

original title: Il Cartaio
aka: Deathsite

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Stefania Rocca, Liam Cunningham, Silvio Muccino, Adalberto Maria Merli, Claudio Santamaria

 

A serial killer with a vice for Video Poker.

 

A British tourist has been kidnapped in Rome and the entire police department are working to find her. One of them is a young woman named Anna, who gets contacted by the killer who invites Anna to a game of online video poker, with the bet being the life of the kidnapped tourist.

The Chief Police orders Anna not to play and the young tourist is murdered in front of them on the webcam feed. This tragic event makes the British detective John Brennan to arrive in Rome to help them out and when the killer kidnaps even more women to bet their lives in poker games, Anna will need all the help she can get.

Being a movie directed by a legendary filmmaker like Dario Argento can be both good and bad. On the good side, the movie gets more exposure and I’m sure that if this was created by a no-name director, then no one would have heard or seen it. On the other hand, having the name Dario Argento on a movie also makes the audience expect something special. After all, this was the same guy who delivered Suspiria, Tenebrae and Opera.

Apr 01

Dracula

dracula3dGenre: Horror
Year: 2012
Country: Italy

aka: Dracula 3D

Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Asia Argento, Rutger Hauer, Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Unax Ugalde

 

 

Jonathan Harker is a young British librarian who is traveling to Transylvania to visit the castle of Count Dracula. Harker soon finds himself being imprisoned by the Count and his lovely maid Tania.

Harker’s wife Mina travels after Harker to find out what has happened to her husband. She arrives at the village and stays with her dear friend Lucy before she heads out to the castle of Count Dracula to find her husband, dead or alive.

Is there really any need for a new adaptation of the legendary Bram Stoker book in 2013? I don’t think so and I’m not very interested in seeing new films that follow the book and premise closely, but this one is done by Dario Argento. Argento is one of my favorite directors of all time and I’m one of the few who still enjoy his output these days, which include stuff like The Card Player, Mother of Tears and Giallo. All films that a big portion of his earlier fans does not care much about.

Oct 31

Dracula 3D: New Trailer and Release Date

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The official Facebook site for Dracula 3D has posted some interesting stuff about the latest film from Dario Argento over the last week. The poster attached here shows that it will be released in cinemas on November 22nd, which is under a month away from now.

The film is set to be released by IFC in the states next year. Some lucky viewers have been able to see it on different film festivals during the last year and the reception has been lukewarm so far. Then again, I can’t remember the last time a new film by Argento got a good reception and I like most of his later movies.

There has also been posted a 30 second teaser trailers on their YouTube account which you can see here:

 

I haven’t checked out any screenshots or earlier trailers so this was the first time I have seen anything from the film and I’m excited about it. I think it looks good and can’t wait to see it.