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Masters of Horror - Dario Argento - Jenifer

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FRANK SPIVEY IS A DETECTIVE WHO RESCUES A STRANGE YOUNG GIRL FROM A DERANGED KILLER. WITH A HORRIBLY DISFIGURED FACE BUT A BEAUTIFUL BODY, SHE IS SEDUCTRESS, PSYCHOPATH & SUCCUBUS ALL IN ONE& HER NAME IS JENIFER.

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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

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)

Product Details

  • Actors: Steven Weber, Laurie Brunetti, Carrie Anne Fleming, Kevin Crofton, Beau Starr
  • 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS2W3A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,671 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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?...no. 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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The "Masters of Horror" films have always been quite interesting to view. Despite their short run time of 50 odd minutes each, many of these films actually contain more action and storyline/plot development than most full length films. "Jenifer" is no exception. The film manages to provide scenes of gore, and total brutality while still completely developing the eerie plot that's full of twists and turns at every possible chance that the film is presented with.

Directed by Dario Argento, the mastermind behind classics such as "Suspiria", "Inferno", and many other outstanding, timeless horror films, "Jenifer" is one of his best titles to date and is a great addition to his already stellar catalog of films. "Jenifer" begins by depicting a team of officers enjoying a delectable lunch in their police vehicle. Suddenly, Frank Spivey's lunch is interrupted when he witnesses a man dragging a young woman and attempting to decapitate the girl. Frank warns the man to cease in his actions, but the man refuses, simply stating "You don't know what she is" while proceeding to raise his weapon. Frank is left with no option other than to shoot the man. The only thing the man says before dying is "Jenifer".

Down at the station, no one is capable of gathering any information in regards to the young lady who Frank saved. The only information they have lies within a note the man had in his pocket that simply read "Jenifer". Jenifer appears normal when the viewer is only capable of seeing her body, a very fine toned, slender, attractive body; however Jenifer is not normal at all. All of the officers are shocked by Jenifer's appearance, stating that the girl must be deformed and mentally impaired, seeing how she is not capable of speaking and relies on simple grunts to communicate.
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