Review done by: Nekra
Genres: Drama, Fantasy,
Horror, Thriller

Rated: Unrated

Country: Italy

Year: 2007

Runtime: 102 minutes

Company: Film
Commission
Torino-Piemonte

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Starring: Asia Argento, Cristian Solimeno, Adam James, Moran Atias,
Valeria Cavalli, Daria Nicolodi and Udo Kier

Director: Dario Argento

Synopsis: A young American art student, Sarah, "unwittingly opens an
ancient urn that unleashes the demonic power of the world's most powerful
witch. As a scourge of suicides plague the city and witches from all over the
world converge on Rome to pay homage. The final installment of the "Three
Mothers" trilogy.



Review:

My first experience with Dario Argento was seeing his Masters of Horror
episodes Jenifer and Pelts, and quite enjoyed them. I went on to see
Phenomena and Suspiria, which I have to say is definitely one of my
favorite horror movies. Suspiria just carried this certain mood and
atmosphere that makes it stand out from most giallo and horror movies
making it an instant classic. The second installment Inferno unfortunately
didn't succeed as well as the first. But now after waiting since the sequel
(which was released in the U.S. back in 1980), Mother of Tears is finally
here. Yeah thats right, we have been waiting 28 years for the final
installment of the trilogy. Mother of Tears starts off in a graveyard. The
casket of a priest is discovered along with a box containing some statues,
an urn and ceremonial robe.

The priest who discovered it quickly ships it to Rome  where his friend who
runs a museum to find out if his suspicions were true, that these items
belong to La Terza Madre. Once in the museum, a young student who
works there unwittingly removes the items along with her co-worker.
During the unveiling she injures her hand causing her blood to drip onto
the box which awakens The mother of tears. The last of the three sisters,
and the most evil and powerful. After that there are several deaths, rapes
and robberies. Witches from all around the world gather to celebrate the
return of the third mother. Sarah, the young student who helped to cause
this disaster must do anything she can to stop the mother before Rome
falls again. After seeing Suspiria and Inferno, I was pretty excited about
seeing Mother of Tears.

There were some great parts but unfortunately on the whole it did fall
short. It just didn't have the same atmosphere as most of Argento's other
films. The gore was probably the best of all the movies but as far as film
style, it wasn't as good as the previous entires. Sure Phenomena
(especially) and Inferno had their flaws, but not like the pile that Mother of
tears carried. The one thing that I can say (in a small way) that I appreciate
is that a lot of writers and directors really won't touch children being killed.
But Argento goes ahead and shows you a child being cut open and having
his intestines being eaten, along with a baby not only being thrown into a
river, but also hitting his head on ledge on his way down. You can see with
a few of the scenes in the film where he may have even been inspired by
classic artwork depicting satanism. Which were the only good things about
the movie.

The movie went all over the place, quite honestly rushed but slow at the
same time. It's like they wanted to make sure they got everything in there
that they could to maybe make sure nothing was missed, but it was
unnecessary. Like they stuffed 10 rabid kittens in a sack and shook it
around a bit to see what else would happen. Something that got on my
nerves was when I think of an evil witch (or witches in general), they have
an air of evil about them and bad things start to happen once they enter a
room, not screaming and raving like a bunch of peacocks on crack looking
like madonna 80s-hair-band-rejects. Overall I do have to say that I was
disappointed with the movie. It felt like someone else made this movie, and
gave all the credit to Argento.


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Overall: 5/10
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