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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Two Evil Eyes (1990)

The genius of Edgar Alan Poe is that his stories are timeless.  Each generation has been able to put their own spin on them and make them feel fresh and new.  Enter George Romero and Dario Argento, two masters of horror, who take on Poe in the delightful Two Evil Eyes.  Romero is first up to bat with a wonderful adaptation of a lesser known Poe story "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar."  Adrienne Barbeau is front and center as Mrs. Valdemar who is, as we say, a money grubbing ho what has a lustful eye for the doctor who is taking care of her dying husband.  The casting is perfect all around and Romero builds the suspense until it hits a fevered pitch.  It's really a great adaptation of the original Poe story and is not to be missed.
Dario Argento bats second with an intense rendition of "The Black Cat."  Character Actor Harvey Keitel is gives a riveting performance as Roderick Usher [Another Poe reference.  There is also a nod to "The Pit and the Pendulum" as well toward the beginning of the film.] who is a crime scene photographer who eventually creates his own crime scene by killing his girlfriend.  This one is squirm worthy with the kind of blood and gore you expect form Argento.  Wow!  He really reinvents this story in a way makes it feel like it was written yesterday.  The only WTF moment in the film is a dream sequence that can only be described as a satanic Renaissance fair.  Not sure what the purpose of all that way but it is a strange and unsettling ride, indeed.  Kudos also to Madeleine Potter who plays Usher's love interest, Annabel.  The innocence and sweetness she brings the role are the perfect counterpart to Keitel's menacing intensity.
A bit of trivia on this one: makeup effects guru Tom Savini appears in the dream sequence even if ever so briefly.  he was uncredited but I looked it up in the IMDB and, sure enough, it was him.  He was also the make up effect supervisor so you know the gore and horror elements were very good.
I had never heard of this anthology before I saw it on Netflix.  You can either rent it or stream it.  Great stuff.  Not to be missed.  I wish all Poe adaptations were this good.
RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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