“There are mysterious parts in that book — but the only true mystery is that our very lives are governed by dead people.”
A poet (Irene Miracle) living in NYC writes to her brother (Leigh McCloskey) in Rome, telling him about a mysterious book she’s purchased from a vendor (Sacha Pitoëff) about three “mothers” ruling the Earth. Soon both Miracle and McCloskey are on the hunt for more evidence, putting their own and others’ lives at risk.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Alida Valli Films
- Dario Argento Films
- Horror Films
- Serial Killer
Dario Argento’s follow-up to Suspiria (1977) was this disappointing horror flick with a nearly nonsensical “plot” but (of course) plenty of atmosphere and colorful sets. As Stuart Galbraith IV writes in his review for DVD Talk, the film’s “stylishness comes at the expense of coherence”, making it hard to follow (or care about) any of the characters — who, as noted by Stomp Tokyo’s reviewers, “no matter how obvious it is that their lives are in danger… just keep doing whatever they were doing until they die.” The most baffling and disturbing sequence (among many) involves a cat-hating man who’s eventually eaten by rats; while we can’t help feeling he’s gotten his just desserts, it’s deeply unpleasant to watch him. Watch for Alida Valli in a thankless supporting role that does her no favors.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Colorful, atmospheric sets and cinematography
Nope; you can most definitely skip this one. Listed as a Cult Movie in the back of Peary’s book.