|Starring:||Christopher Rydell, James Russo, Asia Argento, Brad Dourif, Frederic Forrest, Laura Johnson|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Jul 2002|
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there was nothing traumatic about this oneBy a customer from U.K MANCHESTER , 21 Oct 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This must have been the biggest load of
sh.t i`ve seen in a long time the acting was crap as for the story line don`t even go there.Deffo give this one a MISS.
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grungyBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 26 Feb 2010I think music is what lets it down, normally Argento gets his own (and loud) electronic soundtrack and in this one he probably couldn't decide whether to stick to his guns or go with some Nirvana or Pearl Jam songs or better still Rammstein if they had anything to offer in 1992. Enigmatic and stylish as you'd expect. Cameos by Laurence Olivier and William Devane evoking Marathon Man and other visual references bring it to greatness. I liked it better than Suspiria so I probably differ to everyone else. Very good return to likes of Bird with Crystal Plummage or Deep Red, US style.
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rubbishBy deanob (7 reviews) from Harpenden , 28 Dec 2009Boring, slow with not a good storyline, dull and not worth the time
Did people really like this?By a customer from Croydon , 09 Aug 2008This is an awful film in my books, terrible story rubbish acting, really would not waste my time to watch it ever again and would not recommend you watching it either.
The home made killer item is unusual though.
Argento in AmericaBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 15 Oct 2005This is Argento's first film shot in America, but all the usual trademarks, good and bad, are here, while it benefits greatly from the appearance of Piper Laurie, and the awful dubbing which plagues his Italian films is lost. The film is recognisably Argento virtually from the first frame, and as it progresses, he stretches credulity as far as ever as corpses defy all the rules of medical science. As always, however, his individual style overcomes all. This wasn't received too well at the time, and, although it's not his best, I think it still works.
This guy is a horror master?By a customer from Nottingham/Ashford , 01 Oct 2005Less of a horror, more of a tacky low budget soap, the film's title goes a long way towards describing how i felt while watching this. The plot is so ludercris and full of non-sensical holes that i was too busy laughing to muster any fear. There are a few instances where characters do things for no other reason than to give director Argento, another excuse to show us something that is supposed to disturb us. Wittness the scene, where the lead decides to leave a frightened Asia Argento to check out a hallway of lunatics, only seconds later to run back and urge her to leave. Clearly put in as a failed cheap attempt to scare us. The script is written in the broadest emotional sense, where characters all too often go from one extreme to the other without the required development to back this up.
The inclusion of a young boy living next door to the killer came across as Stephen King as his hammiest, and if that doesn't do it for you there there are a wealth of cringe-inducing performaces to choose from.
My soul reason for watching this was Asia Argento, hoping that here as a lead, she'd actually have some material to work with, after her all too brief role in Gus Van Sant's LAST DAYS. Still beautiful as ever, this was from back when she was still struggling with the English language and it shows. It seems much of her part was also dubbed, which really breaks what small amount of tension is built up.
The ending also has a bizzare cut to a regge band playing in the middle of surburbia on the front porch, nothing to do with the movie! Here's hoping that when I get round to viewing Dario Argento's 70s output the man is able to live up to (given this movie) his already overblow reputation as a horror master.