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The final installment of the "Three Mothers" trilogy. 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, Sarah must use all her own psychic powers to stop the 'Mother of Tears' before her evil conquers the world."
After waiting 28 years for the third feature in Dario Argentos Mother trilogy, die-hard fans (like myself) flocked to theaters to catch Mother of Tears. The anticipatory set-up, for example reconciling in advance that the film will look entirely different, and probably less sexy, than the first two Giallo classics, Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980), induced anxieties in viewers that many of us hoped would enhance the films horror and suspense. So revered are Suspiria and Inferno that one needs an extremely open mind to avoid instantly turning Mother of Tears off, now that its available on DVD, and chucking the disc out the window, insulted by its comparison to the previous two movies. From scene one, in which a psychotic, villainous monkey stalks Asia Argento, playing protagonist Sarah Mandy, through Romes Natural History Museum, one realizes this film can only go downhill. Without the colored lights, the stylized 1970s horror aesthetic, or the terrifyingly fetishtistic speed metal/electronica soundtrack pounding during the chase, the mood is simply corny. Regarding the monkey, try to remember that an oddly elegant and intelligent crow ate an eyeball to great effect in Argentos, Terror at the Opera. Argento has always favored animals to represent unwilling witnesses. The plot itself is also typically Argento and does follow-up: After a tainted red tunic is discovered in a cemetery, the third and last witch, Mother Lachrimarum (Moran Atias), is awaken from her catacombs beneath a mansion that she and her two deceased witch consorts, Mater Tenebrarum, the Mother of Darkness/Shadows, and Mater Suspiriorum, the Mother of Sighs, long ago recruited an architect to build. The Mother of Tears has beef with Sarah Mandy, due to Sarahs heritage, and the unholy black witch relentlessly pursues Mandy until Mandy is forced to fight head-on. Mandys boyfriend, Michael Pierce (Adam James), is not much help, nor is Padre Johannes (Udo Kier), which makes sense; Argentos films are all about empowered female characters, vengeful victims and ruthless criminals alike. Perhaps the flaw here is Argentos casting of his daughter, and her inability to render that illicit sexual tension that the puerile Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper) once did in the halls of her bewitched boarding school. Even Mother Lachrimarums young recruits, such as the Gothic and Lolita-style Katerina (Jun Ichikawa), are dumb-looking with their colored contacts and peacock hairstyles. There is only one character, the elder white witch Marta Colussi (Valeria Cavalli), who has the sexual draw to enchant Argento style, but she is short-lived. The CG effects employed throughout, especially in regards to the ghoulish antics happening amongst the Goth witch posse, are just plain bad. Only a few shots of gore really spook, and to be fair, they are lasting images. But the only semi-interesting this about the Mother of Tears DVD is the interview extra with the man himself, who is still master even if he makes a few stinkers. --Trinie Dalton
some REALLY scary stuff. Only two bad things: how the situation ends, don't want to spoil it by saying why - and that the hero doesn't help anybody...ever! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Things that are more pleasurable than MOTHER OF TEARS...
1) CONTRACTING EBOLA.
2) LISTENING TO THE MUSIC OF ARIANA GRANDE.
3) A SANDPAPER PAPSMEAR. Read more
Argento is the greatest Italian horror director. This is the third in the great Three Mothers Series ( Suspiria, Inferno, Mother of Tears). Must watches all three.Published 6 months ago by Jorge Morales
Greatest Horror Director all-time--here's your proof! 3rd in an astounding trilogy--essential.Published 7 months ago by P ski
One of the only movies I have ever thrown away after I watched it. The sadism in this movie should never be watched by anyone. Horrible. Not worth your time or money. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Richards