I didn't think it was possible to fall in and out of love from one day to the next, but my short lived love affair with the films of Dar...
In and Out of Love with Dario Argento
I saw Suspiria years ago at a Halloween film festival alongside such fare as "Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary", with my future husband. It impressed me as a weird film and left me with a sense of vague unease. I wasn't a horrror buff then, and I barely thought twice about it over the years, until I checked out a copy of the film from my local library. Thus my half-started relationship with Argento cinema was renewed.
I fell in love with the film's color, the weird atmosphereics and the terrifying sound effects. Each element of the film served to deepen the intrique of a coven of witches running a dancing school, an idea that might seem ludicrous otherwise, but in Argento's hands was terrifying.
After watching Suspiria, I was hungry for more of the same, so I checked out the end of Argento's "Three Mother's" trilogy with "Mother of Tears" (2008). Big mistake. The same elements I had prized in Suspiria were either out of place or absent in Argento's latest foray into horror. For one, it looks like Argento opted for digital instead of real film, which takes away from the nostalgia of Argento's style. There is also the stilted acting which, while it would have been right at home in Suspiria, does not mesh with the film's modern feel.
The Mother of Tears is just one of many examples (House of the Devil, anyone?) of how 70's and 80's concepts of horror and the films themselves don't translate into the new millennium. As for my relationship with Argento's films, who knows. Maybe another, older, film will renew the spark, but for now
I've lost that lovin' feeling.
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