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Mother of Tears (DVD)

Mother of Tears DVD review (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Asia Argento, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, Valeria Cavalli, Udo Kier, Philippe Leroy

Directed by Dario Argento

Distributed by Dimension Extreme


We waited what seemed like forever for Dario Argento to complete his Three Mothers trilogy, and with Mother of Tears he has done just that. After nearly three decades of anticipation the puzzle is finally complete. It’s just too bad the final piece of it sucks so bad.

Sarah (Asia Argento) has just made the mistake of opening a chest that unleashes a malevolent entity in Rome, the Mother of Tears. All of a sudden people start losing their minds. Violence erupts everywhere. It’s primal, it’s brutal, it’s everything we could want! Once letting the proverbial black cat out of the bag, it’s not long before Sarah realizes that in order to vanquish the world’s last and most powerful witch, she must use her own untapped magical abilities.

This should have been a battle of epic proportions filled with all manner of violent sorcery. Instead …

***SPOILER ALERT***

… despite everyone and their grandmother telling Sarah she must use her powers to defeat the witch, upon confrontation all she does is use a spiked curtain rod to disrobe her. That’s it.

***END SPOILER***

Mother of Tears DVD review (click for larger image)Are you kidding me? What in the world did I just watch? The ridiculousness doesn’t end there either. There is nothing about this flick that seems even moderately Argento. Gone is the dreamlike atmosphere, nowhere to be found is his skillful use of color, and to top it all off, Asia spends most of her time wandering around and giving her least engaging performance ever while asking people to “help” her because she “doesn’t understand what’s going on”. I kid you not. Mother of Tears feels like Argento doing a bad imitation of himself.

The movie’s only saving grace is its violence and overall absurdity. Things fly so far off the tracks that the average viewer will end up sitting through this just because it’s so ludicrous that it ends up being funny instead of scary. I can drone on and on for hours about what’s right and wrong with this flick. In fact, check out our initial Mother of Tears review here for more details. Plagiarize pretty much nails it on all counts though he’s way kinder than I would have been. On to the special features …

I’m pretty sure even Dimension Extreme knew it had a stinker on its hands as all we get are two trailers and two featurettes. Things kick off with a thirty-minute making-of in which we get standard cast and crew interviews coupled with some behind-the-scenes footage. From there you’ll find a seven-minute long interview with Dario that will almost make you want to watch this crap again. It’s as if your heart is telling you to like something your brain knows sucks.

I wanted this to be great. Hell, I would have settled for just above average. This just sucks. All of the key elements are in place — a solid story, great gore F/X, good sound work …. everything except Dario. The blame for Mother of Tears being as bad as it is falls squarely on his shoulders. This is one nightmare there is no waking up from.

Special Features

  • Making-of Mother of Tears featurette
  • A Conversation with Legendary Filmmaker Dario Argento featurette
  • Trailers

    Film:

    2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 1/2 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • PelusaMG

      ALL the death scenes from this film can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3L0IdSMvlk

      *** DEFINITELY NOT WORK SAFE!!! ***

    • Serena Whitney

      Loved the review! Agreed with you on all counts. I watched this recently with my mother. (GASP!) You can only imagine how it felt to have to watch someone on screen eat someone’s intestines from their ass with a parent in the room. I would have rather endured the American Psycho “sussudio” threesome with my mom…than to watch anything from Mother of Tears…such a disappointing ending to a promising trilogy.

      • PelusaMG

        My mum would probably want to know why someone couldn’t be bothered to wash up a plate and use a knife and fork… :-/

        • Gus Bjork

          So many compelling reasons to spend a couple hours doing anything but watch this movie.

    • Doc Block

      “***SPOILER ALERT***

      … despite everyone and their grandmother telling Sarah she must use her powers to defeat the witch, upon confrontation all she does is use a spiked curtain rod to disrobe her. That’s it.

      ***END SPOILER***”

      Sounds like an epic ending battle. lol

      I’m sad to say that I haven’t seen any of the Three Mothers trilogy, but this review doesn’t exactly make me interested in seeing the first two.

      • Cash Bailey

        That’d be a mistake. SUSPIRIA is in the top five greatest horror movies ever made, and INFERNO is pretty damn good too.

        Creepy’s right, MOTHER OF TEARS is utter shit. Although if you haven’t already seen Argento’s GOOD movies you might get some enjoyment out of it. But if you’ve been helplessly watching his descent into shitsville over the past 20 years this movie is pretty heart-breaking.

        IMO, the upcoming GIALLO is his last chance to prove that he’s a film-maker worth getting excited about.

        • Doc Block

          I will check out Suspiria in the near future (beginning of October probably), because I have heard it’s a classic (many times). I’ve just never been really interested in Argento. Thanks for the advice though. If I dig Suspiria, I’ll watch Inferno. I also own a copy of OPERA, that I haven’t seen yet, but I have the intention of watching it soon.

          • Cash Bailey

            OPERA is generally regarded (by ME, anyway) as the last great film Argento made.

            The ending completely sucks ass, but everything before that is pretty damn spectacular.

        • syd13

          I thought Jenifer from MOH season 1 was passing decent. Didn’t have that trademark Argento feeling, but it was still well put together. I’m not saying its anywhere close to movies like Deep Red (his best in my opinion), but I think his track record since Opera has seen a few worthwhile attempts to repair his legacy. I really was hoping this would be one of those.

          Good review Creepy, and you’re probably right……but I’m still gonna watch it.