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Dario Argento set to deliver THE MOTHER OF TEARS!

Hey folks, Harry here... Variety's "Cannes" coverage continues to bring more good news today! Seems that Dario Argento is about to delight his followers with a macabre story of witches and suicides in his old stomping grounds of Rome. They guys behind "TOOLBOX MURDERS" script (Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch) have written the script and they quote Giampaolo Letta as saying, "This is going to be vintage Argento. Pretty strong stuff." Having said that... I just watched Argento last film, which was done for television in his home country called "DO YOU LIKE HITCHCOCK?" - which is Argento's most DePalma feeling flick of all time. Which isn't a bad thing. It's a fun film geek sees the parallels to Hitchcock's films that a murder takes place and interjects himself like the nosey film geek would... when spying on hot homicidal Italian naked babes! If you're an Argento fan - it's worth a look. It's a fun one!

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  • May 17, 2006, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...for the past fifteen years, every time I've seen a new Argento movie I've thought: "this is the mother of all tears."

  • May 17, 2006, 4:53 a.m. CST

    I'm not really into tattoo's...

    by Shermdawg

    but Argento's daughter Asia (xXx) has a angel above her sweet spot which is pretty damn nifty. Too bad Jolie didn't go with something like that, instead of that ugly ass cross she's got.

  • May 17, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST

    From the writers of TOOLBOX MURDERS?

    by Rearden

    Well I will just have to see this one. My curiosity will not let me miss it.

  • May 17, 2006, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Pity Alida Valli won't be in The Third Mother!

    by lutz

    If Dario had have gotten his arse into gear and made this last time he said he would she could have been in all three of these movies. That would have been cool. Maybe there should be something in this article that states this is the sequel to Suspiria and Inferno?

  • May 17, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Mother of Tears

    by Boromir187

    Agreed, their should definitely be something in the article mentioning that Mother of Tears will be the final installment in Argento's Three Mothers Trilogy. I believe Argento just recently finished up work on his new episode for Masters of Horror (based on the F. Paul Wilson story "Pelts") and will delve straight into pre-production on Mother of Tears in June. It should have a nice budget, as it is be co-financed by both the Italian company Medusa and an as-yet-undisclosed American company. That's definitely a good thing, considering he has had budgeting problems recently and it should also mean that a US distribution deal has already by worked out. After he finishes work on that film, he will begin pre-production on another horror film that is fully funded by an American company. Supposedly it is the production company of Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney that has fronted the financing for that film and will be producing as well. I'm not going to bother typing any more about any of these projects, so if you would like more information I suggest that you visit these sites:

  • May 17, 2006, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by hktelemacher

    But what, finally no static from Daria Nicolodi? I thought she was holding up the rights to the Three Mothers or something. In any event, I had given up hope on this ever getting made. Let's hope Argento is up to the task of capping this trilogy off strong. His last movies have been proficient, and often have little moments and flourishes that harken back to his glory days, but I'm doubting if he can pull this off as a proper follow up to Suspiria and Inferno, two absolute masterpieces of the genre. That the guys who wrote the new Toolbox Murders are on board is a pretty good sign - that one surprised me at how good it was and it even employed most of the old Argento standards like alchemy, architecture, black gloved giallo killer, unexplained plot. This is cool news indeed.

  • May 17, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    he's made some good movies

    by reckni

    Haven't seen any of his more recent flicks, by looking at IMDB the most recent I've seen was Tenebre (1982). I've always wanted to see Phenomena because of Jennifer Connelly, just never got around to it. As a side note, I'd love to have his daughter Asia all to myself for a few hours, maybe more.

  • May 17, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    "We" may be the most astute poster of all time.

    by Some Dude

    Wow, what a daring guess you've made there. Let's see... in Suspiria we have Mater Suspiriorum aka Mother of Sighs, followed by the Mater Tenebrarum aka Mother of Darkness in Inferno (which also mentions a third witch named Mater Lacrymorum aka Mother of Tears). You rival Sherlock Holmes when it comes to detection and reasoning.

  • May 17, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST


    by gavdiggity

    Even better than Jennifer Connelly... chimp with a blade. THAT's why Phenomena is worth seeing.

  • May 17, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    The mother of tears

    by hktelemacher

    makes an appearance in INFERNO, stroking her big fat pussy in the music classroom. And the third mother's house was seen as well, the philosophy library in Rome.

  • May 17, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I don't think Daria Nicolodi held up the rights...

    by lutz

    I think Dario had a lot of trouble just writing the movie by himself. I remember an interview where Daria Nicolodi joked that she had written a script for The Third Mother that she would never share with him and that he would die trying to write it. I think that is on the extras in the three disk version of Suspiria but it could also be that Doco they made on him! Last time The Third Mother didn't get made it was apparently due to budget restrictions. Dario kept saying that he wouldn't make it unless he had a good enough budget to make it the right way. Hopefully an international distribution would be done right and they arn't just trying to exploit this as a direct to DVD movie.

  • May 18, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    "Some Dude"

    by We

    Thanks for the comment. Your sarcasm would be spot on if your assumption that I have seen those movies was correct.

  • May 18, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    I'm really glad Argento's not writing the script. His direction isn't but but his writing is terrible. 'Phenomena' is actually the first Argento film I've managed to get through. After that, I can see why Jennifer Connely waited another twenty years before making another horror film. And that's the film he lists as being his best of all time. I mean who write lines of dialogue like, "I love his movies. He's such a hunk!" Pathetic. He's probably the most overrated horror filmmaker of all time. Nothing he's done can compare to, say, Eli Roth's 'Hostel.' Or the best works of George A. Romero, or David Cronenburg. His daughter sure is hot, though. I wish I could get excited about this but I just can't figure out what the deal is about this guy. Bring on 'Hostel 2'!

  • May 18, 2006, 9:09 p.m. CST

    "We" shines on!

    by Some Dude

    So you haven't seen those movies... Then why the hell are you reading this article and bothering to talk-back if you are wallowing in ignorance? What a maroon!

  • May 19, 2006, 12:41 a.m. CST

    F*cking A!

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    Inferno was ruined by a cheesy payoff (or enhanced depending on your mood), but the set up was up there with his best (Deep Red, Suspiria). Glad he's going back to the story. The guy could sure build up back stories even if he never really let the audience in on what they were.

  • May 19, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Henry Fool

    by chaplinatemyshoe

    If Phenomena is the only Argento movie you've seen, you don't get to have an opinion. I can picture it now. You rented Phenomena cause you have a crush on Connelly and are hoping maybe one of her nips is exposed. Maybe you picked up Tenebrae or Inferno another time and fell asleep half way in. Now you're an expert. Congrats dumbass. You offically qualify as the guy who knows everything about a regarded master of the horror genre via one film. Impressive accomplishment. Maybe next you can enlighten us on why Lars Von Trier is a pretentious asshole because you read an article about him once...

  • May 19, 2006, 1 a.m. CST


    by We

    I'm sorry, have I somehow offended you by asking a question? I seem to be ignorant about a lot of things, I didn't know there was a rule against showing interest in films one hasn't seen. Sure I may be ignorant when it comes to Argento movies, but thanks to you I'm now enlightened. To answer your question, I have seen a few Argento movies, so the interest comes from there, I just haven't seen any of the Three Mothers films yet.

  • May 19, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Mater Lacrimorum

    by CuervoJones


  • May 19, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Why the screenwriters are a good choice...

    by Some Dude

    If you think about it, the remake of Toolbox Murders could exist in the same world as Argento's Mother films. I don't want to spoil anything, since Toolbox Murders is surprisingly good and not surprisingly over-looked, so I'll just say that the elements of magic, architecture, and sadism are all present. I get the feeling that Argento liked an homage that went past the traditional name-checking or ripped-off shot composition (like the silhouette reveal in Tenebre).

  • May 19, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Well said, chaplinatemyshoe.

    by Some Dude

    Cherry-picking does not help one form a valid or useful opinion.

  • Sept. 24, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Good news all round!!!

    by Seph_J

    Love Argento. Love Susprira, Love Inferno. This is some of the best news I've ever heard.