October 28, 2010

Day 22- Friday, October 22nd

#65- Suspiria (1977)

Does anything need to be said about this classic Argento movie? Well, yes, but I sincerely hope that anyone reading this already knows all about those things. To love vintage Italian Horror flicks, you must check your brain at the door a bit, because let's face it; they tend to lack logic and sense and they definitely make you roll your eyes at how cheesy they can be... but... 70's/80's Euro Horror was brutal, atmospheric, bloody, overtly sexual, and effective. Dario Argento, and Suspiria in particular, personifies the point I'm making. Perfectly. Just based on color schemes alone the film is a piece of art. Add in Argento's visual flair, some wickedly inventive and graphic death scenes, and a haunting (as always) Goblin score, and you have one of the purest, most enjoyable Horror experiences you're likely to have. Plus, who doesn't like creepy witches?
 #66- Inferno (1980)- (FULL REVIEW HERE)

The follow up to Suspiria brings us the story of the 2nd mother of the witch coven -Mater Tenebrarum- spreading her brand of chaos throughout both New York City and Rome. This movie is a bit confusing and chaotic at first glance, but once again Argento makes good on his bottom line, and delivers the atmosphere and style which make him such a great film maker.
 #67- Mother of Tears (2008)- (FULL REVIEW HERE)

Many, MANY people did not like Argento's last installment in his "Three Mothers" Trilogy. I personally, while recognizing its flaws, couldn't help but love the hell out of it when I finally got to see it. Watching it again, it still rocks, though I can see the points of its detractors, and I wish it could have been just a little bit tighter. The Third Mother, Mater Lachrymarum, turns Rome into an orgy of blood and... well, sex. Literal and figurative; I bring you both sides of the coin. Anywho, the movie is all kinds of gory and boob-filled, and while not as strong as its predecessors, it gets the job done and closes the series out effectively. Then again, you may hate it and think I'm full of shit.
 #68- A Blade in the Dark (1983)- (FULL REVIEW HERE)

Melodramatic, cheesy, eerie and bloody, A Blade in the Dark is a fun throwback to the yesteryear if Giallo flicks of yesteryear. I just said that twice... it happens.  

Be sure to check the full reviews for the finer points, and enjoy.

That's 68/100 movies watched so far, so we had better get back to it...

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