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Masters of Horror - Dario Argento - Jenifer (2005)

Karen Austin , J. Winston Carroll , Dario Argento  |  NR |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Austin, J. Winston Carroll, Miho Ninagawa, Anthony Harrison, Diego Martinez-Tau
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Steven Weber, Bruce Jones, Mick Garris
  • Producers: Adam Goldworm, Andrew Deane, Ben Browning, Bo Altherr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS2W3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,117 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Masters of Horror - Dario Argento - Jenifer" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Writer/Actor Steven Weber and DVD Producer Perry Martin
  • "So Hideous My Love – An interview with Dario Argento" featurette
  • "Working With A Master: Dario Argento" featurette
  • "Behind The Scenes: The Making of Jenifer" featurette
  • "Howard Berger And The Make-Up of Jenifer" featurette
  • On Set: An Interview with Steven Weber
  • On Set: An Interview with Carrie Anne Fleming
  • Script To Screen: Jenifer
  • Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Dario Argento Bio
  • Screenplay (DVD-ROM)
  • Screensaver (DVD-ROM)

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Steven Weber of THE SHINING,THE STAND and DESPERATION stars as Frank Spivey, a detective who rescues a strange young girl (Carrie Anne Fleming) with a horribly disfigured face and lusciously ripe body from a deranged killer. But when Spivey takes responsibility for the mentally challenged orphan, she reveals herself to be a creature of untold carnal pleasures and unspeakable violent depravities that may lead him straight to hell. She is seductress, psychopath and succubus all in one…and her name is JENIFER. The legendary Dario Argento directs this jaw-dropper that features a haunting score by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin (DAWN OF THE DEAD,TENEBRE).

Leave it to Dario Argento (Suspiria) to cook up a truly stomach-flipping installment in Showtime's Masters of Horror series. Argento's hour-long Jenifer has an uncluttered through-line that combines a relentlessly destructive film noir plot with zombie attitude. Steven Weber plays a cop who kills a man about to harm a disfigured woman named Jenifer. Weber finds himself strangely protective of the girl, who incidentally has enough sexual appetite to tempt him away from everything sane and holy. Unfortunately, she has other appetites as well, which spells trouble for the odd child (or housecat) who might be taken as a snack. Weber's downward spiral is predictable enough, but there's something in almost every scene that makes you shiver--either overtly (Jenifer chomping down on entrails) or indirectly (the way trees ripple as a car moves into the forest). Jenifer is played by Carrie Anne Fleming, wearing a prosthetic horror mask and flimsy negligee, an unsettling combination of repulsive/sexy that Argento exploits to the maximum. The trim script is by Steven Weber, from a short story by Bruce Jones; the excellent music is by Claudio Simonetti, whose ensemble Goblin did the music for other Argento films and the original Dawn of the Dead. --Robert Horton

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the Comic October 19, 2006
Based on an old Eerie comic illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, this is an eerie tale that plays against a number of emotions. The story starts with a police officer who sees a man try to kill a woman. He shoots the man before he can cause harm. The rescued woman is Jenifer. She has a disfigured face, a killer body, and seems unable to talk. But no sooner is the case open than the detective begins to become obsessed with Jenifer. He visits her at an asylum and decides she needs compassion and friendship so he brings her home. This causes new trouble.

With Jenifer in the house things quickly fall apart for the detective's family life. Then he discovers that Jenifer has a very active libido and has targeted him. Then more of Jenifer's nature becomes apparent as she eats the family dog. Things continue to go downhill as the detective is both repulsed by Jenifer's behavior and enslaved to her passion. The downward spiral continues until the inevitable ending.

This is one of the best of the Master Of Horror series and may be the best of them all. The story is dark and disturbing. It is missing the cuteness that ruined some of the others in the series. The script is true to the original except the detective is given a happier home life so that he call fall even further during the story. There is a large amount of nudity and sexuality in this film. Had this been a theatrical release there would probably have been talk of an NC-17 rating for a couple of the scenes. All in all this is a very good horror film that gets to the viewer on multiple levels. Definitely check it out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest look at disturbing subject matter January 30, 2007
After police officer Frank Spivey saves a disfigured young woman named Jenifer from being killed, he takes her into his home and begins a dangerous love affair with her. (Okay, so I know this has been reviewed a million times over, but I will address issues not previously covered by others.) When Frank later returns home after killing a man and saving Jenifer, he is seduced by his wife. At first, her advances turn him off, but then he is plagued with flashbacks of the dying man and a helpless tied up Jenifer. This makes Frank become sexually charged and aggressive towards his wife. In an ambiguous move on the director's part, it appears as though he rapes his own wife. Later, you will find him sinking to new lows with devastating consequences.

I could not help but notice the many similarities to David Cronenberg's Crash. There is an emphasis on the weird attraction we may feel towards some things that should repulse us. The nude & sex scenes show a heavy contrast between what is beautiful and what is disgusting and as it turns out, there is a thin line between the two.

I have read some other reviewer's opinions and they seem to state that their interpretation of Jenifer is as a monster or severely disfigured woman. Some even called her an "alien". My personal opinion is that she is none of the above. I think that would be missing the point of the film. I believe that Jenifer is not a human, but rather a manifestation of man's desire. Inevitably, all the men lose their wives, children, jobs, freedom, and eventually their lives. It is a cautionary tale to all stupid men, uh, well, I guess all men. The good news is that Frank pays for his stupidity in the end. Actually, things come around full circle. And I have to admit, I laughed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best Masters of Horror movie yet. January 3, 2007
Wow what a sick movie. "Jenifer" by Dario Argento (Suspiria,Opera) is a film of passion, sexual addiction and blood curdling horror. The film follows the plight of a cop who stumbles apon a crazed man trying to decapatate a woman by a river. The cop proceeds to shoot the man and save the damsel in distress. Sounds like the beginning to a nice love story right? The cop is shocked to discover that the woman is horribly disfigured, sporting a pair of huge black eyes and razor sharp teeth. After failed attempts to get rid of her, the cop brings her home where Jenifer displays her terrible manners by eating the family cat. This doesn't sit well with the wife and she leaves before losing her lunch. With the wife gone and being in a nice big house alone with Jenifer the cop soon finds that Jenifer is amazing in the sack. (except for a few minor turn-offs like her twisted face and the fact that she sounds like an elephant)He begins to find that he is hopelessly addicted to Jenifer's passion and as that addiction grows so does Jenifer's murderous hunger for blood. I really enjoyed this film. I found it to be a very unique and innovative story in horror. I loved the symbolic ties between the characters (The cop slowly having his life distroyed by sex addiction and Jenifer, the seductive sucubus who's disfigurement reflects in a way her own nature but also the horror that she enflicts in her victim's lives. I really recommend this for fans of horror who like their plots more left of the dial. watch it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creepy, disturbing & very taboo August 23, 2010
I found this film emotionally relevant as a man. I have a feeling that the reviewers that did not like this film are women or homosexual men. They just don't get it. They're busy looking for something complicated or something that Argento did in his old films & they are missing the point. One reviewer spoke of exploring the storyline of the girl possibly not being human?...(BOOORING)...Been there, Done that! This reviewer even said they didn't like the way she cannibalized the little girl. Ummm...HELLO!!! That's what makes it good! I say, the more shocking or taboo or politically incorrect, the better! I WISH they would've kept the penis biting seen! That would've been the icing on the cake!
As a man, I can put myself in the main characters shoes & ask myself would I have sex with a woman with a grotesquely deformed face but with a beautiful body, who obviously has some social & emotional issues??? When you first see her face, you say HELL NO! But as she emotes her submissive yet seductive personality with her whimpers & her sexually vulnerable mannerisms, I found myself a little turned on by her(call me a pervert). She knew exactly what she was doing when they were alone. I think she fulfilled many mens dark, politically incorrect fantasies of the perfect woman. She couldn't talk, she was very horny, with the loyalty & submission of a trained dog(referring to the seen when she attentively sat next to him & fetched him another beer after he threw his empty one away). If it wasn't for the fact that she was a cannibal with a grotesquely deformed face, she would make a great girlfriend. Is that wrong?(maybe). But that's what makes this film cool. The taboo of it all. Some reviewers obviously don't get it(probably some chicks or homo dudes)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of mt favourite film of Argento! Claudio Simonetti
Published 1 month ago by Simonetti Claudio
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Worth watching once
Published 1 month ago by David Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kent Cummings
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok
Published 3 months ago by silver-moon
3.0 out of 5 stars Jenifer what can i said
The movie was kinda ok but really had to much sex in it wasn't sure if it was suppost to be a horror movie or a porno
Published 10 months ago by Jeffery B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but too short.
I found this movie to be good, but I felt that it could have been better if it were longer.
Published 14 months ago by James A. Hood Sr
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Jenifer
I don't like too many of the Masters of Horror entries but the ones I do like, I really, really enjoy. I found this to be just a tad predictable but soooo fun. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lavinia
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
good interpretation of a classic yarn...helps that Berni Wrightson did the original story art and that the movie tries to capture some of Wrightson's images.
Published 21 months ago by Brian Boggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Adaptation of a Tale from Creepy
Jenifer represents a fine adaptation by Dario Argento of a tale from the graphic novel Creepy that makes you think twice before empathizing with disfigured individuals.
Published 22 months ago by Hwang
2.0 out of 5 stars to a bad ending
JENIFER is a Master's of Horror Collection movie that fails to deliver on the writing on the jacket. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by C McGhee
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