dario argento

Ethics and movie reviewing can be uneasy bedfellows. I think this is mostly because we all start developing tastes well before we start in depth critical thinking about the construction and overall effectiveness of the films we watch. And though all of us may try to fall back on some techniques of objective critique, it can be difficult to apply what you know about film theory to a film like John Mikl Thor's “Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare”. That said we all have some thumbnail idea about what makes a film worthy and rules that help us to determine that.

A young girl enters an old Roman apartment building in the middle of the night. The lobby is empty and the elevator is broken. She starts cautiously up the stairs and the lights go out. She continues onward with only the glow from her cigarette lighter to guide her through the darkness. At the top of the stairs a killer lies in wait… Not the most original sounding set up for a kill sequence. However, any material in the hands of Dario Argento is bound to come out sideways, backwards or upside down and it will inevitably be much more interesting than a simple synopsis would suggest.

Here's the official English language trailer for Dario Argento's "Giallo". The film, written by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, is an homage to the subgenre which it takes its name from, and stars Elsa Patakay and Oscar winner Adrienne Brody.

This is Argento's first film since "Mother of Tears", a curiously awful movie that has made me wonder if Argento hasn't completely lost the magic he once had as a horror director. I'm not sure this trailer has my hopes up, but maybe that's the way to go into Argento films from now on. Keep the expectations low and hope he returns to form.

Dario Argento's "Mother of Tears"... best comedy of 2008? The crew decides.

Argento's first two "Three Mothers" films have the crew split down the middle. Shocking.