Despite a great set up the film's horror scenes flounder thanks to a plot that meanders too much
Dario Argento's third film in his witch trilogy that includes Susperia
and Inferno. It begins as a coffin with an urn bound to it is
discovered outside of a cemetery. The coffin belongs to a man who was
taking the urn to the Vatican but he never arrived since where ever he
went terrible things happened because the urn contained the possessions
of a with known as The Mother of Tears. A priest at the church by the
cemetery sends the urn to a friend at a museum in the hopes he can
unlock its mysteries. However aids at the museum open it and unlock the
ancient evil-filling the city with death and destruction.
As with many Argento films his roots making giallo thrillers
(essentially films where the mystery is less important then the terror
set pieces which are often staged from the point of view of the killer.
The point is to scare the audience with an almost dreamlike logic) is
evident with well staged and scary attack scenes are under cut by a
plot that meanders all over the place and makes little sense. In some
ways better than many of his other films, this is still a
disappointment in that there is no sign why people revere Argento so
much. Worth a look on cable if you are a fan, others need not apply..
"The darkness...gathering around Rome."
I'm one of the few horror geeks out there that does not see how
Suspiria has garnered the reputation it has. And I can barely remember
anything about Inferno. Dario Argento has crafted far superior
masterpieces but these are the films that most people want to talk
about. Imagine my surprise when Argento's latest film, the final act of
a long awaited trilogy, was not well received by his fanbase. Mother of
Tears failed to live up to many expectations. I for one was not
disappointed because I knew it couldn't possibly live up to nearly 30
years of anticipation (Inferno was released in 1980!). The film follows
Asia Argento as she tries to kill the last of the three "Mothers" in
order to save the world from witches. That's the basic plot and I have
to admit it took me a few days to finish this one. There are so many
flaws with the film I don't know where to begin. If you're a die-hard
fan, it has none of Argento's signature style or color palette. If
you're just a casual horror fan, there's not much here that would hold
your interest. If you are an Asia Argento fan, she is looking rough in
this picture. So I question if there is an audience for this film. I
enjoyed both of Argento's Masters of Horror entries, but he hasn't made
a good film in a long while. Let's hope Giallo is a return to form..