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Mother Of Tears [2007]

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Markos is depicted as an ancient, disfigured, centuries-old crone maintaining control over the coven and seeking to acquire a new, younger body as her current one is riddled in leprous sores, tumorous growths and immobile infants' limbs growing out of her own.

Written by Argento, Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch, the film is the concluding installment of Argento's supernatural horror trilogy The Three Mothers, preceded by Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). Mother of Tears (Italian: La Terza madre, literally The Third Mother) is a 2007 supernatural horror film written and directed by Dario Argento, and starring Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni. After being briefly paralyzed by the alchemist (so that he could perform a test on her to see if she was a white witch or an evil witch), the alchemist gives Sarah the only help he has in locating Mater Lachrymarum's dwelling. Yes, it isn’t the masterpiece that “Suspiria” (1977) was, but it is still a damn sight better than “Inferno” (1980) and it’s a really good conclusion to the “Three Mothers” trilogy too. While the narrative comes frightfully close to unravelling at times, this is a thrill ride that holds you to the end.

That was the title the originally contacted American sales agent Myriad wanted for international distribution. Don't listen to the rantings of geeks all over the web: bad acting, implausible plot-twists, bad acting and dubbing are things Argento has been accused of from the very start of his career. At this point, she is joined by Detective Enzo Marki, one of the police officers hunting her, and the two go into the catacombs to find Mater Lachrymarum.

As long as you don’t expect it to be “high art” and are familiar with more Dario Argento films than just “Suspiria”, then you’ll probably enjoy this one. As witches from all over the world flock to Mater Lachrymarum's side to witness the second fall of Rome, Sarah learns that her mother was a white witch, and that she herself may be the only one capable of stopping Lachrymarum's evil reign. This is difficult to describe exactly, but it just seemed like a more coherent, fun and compelling film than “Inferno” did.Inside the box they discover artifacts belonging to Mater Lachrymarum (Moran Atias), the last surviving member of the Three Mothers; an ancient trio of powerful black magic witches. In the years that followed, they wandered the world and amassed great personal wealth and power, leaving death in their wake. For this to be in the same trilogy as Suspiria (which I really disliked upon first viewing but have since come to appreciate), or even from the same director, just puts a lurching sort of nausea in me.

On 29 November 2003, at the Trieste Science Plus Fiction Festival in Northern Italy, Argento revealed that he hoped to start filming The Third Mother in August 2004 and was currently working on the script. Yes, the film’s – relatively few – CGI effects look both old and low-budget, but this is all part of the fun. The violence shown in these scenes is nothing more extreme than a night out in Manchester (I guess there must be a witch house here in Salford! French horror magazine L'Écran Fantastique reported that Argento alone would receive a screenwriting credit. In May 2007, just before the event at Cannes, a promotional poster for The Third Mother was featured on the cover of Variety magazine's digital edition.Realizing that Sarah's mother is the voice guiding her, Marta reveals details to Sarah about her parents. The film has also been billed in English-speaking media as Mater Lachrymarum, The Third Mother (English translation of the film's original Italian title) and Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. This film has more plot and incident than "Suspiria" or "Inferno" but loses out on being as bizarre as the first or has frightening as the second. According to reporter Alan Jones the audiences' reaction was mixed: the acting quality varied and the script contained too much exposition, but the cinematography was beautiful.

Argento has noted that he is dismissive of critical reaction, saying that "the critics don't understand very well. Argento and Daria Nicolodi recast De Quincey's Three Sorrows as three malevolent witches who rule the world with tears, sighs and shadows. Honestly, the gore is just about all Argento gets right, almost as a reconciliation for the rest of his limitations. The music was influenced by his own work for Argento's Masters of Horror episodes (" Jenifer" and " Pelts") as well as composers such as Carl Orff, Jerry Goldsmith, and Bernard Herrmann (among others).There are some brilliantly startling jump scares and a “turned up to eleven” version of Dario Argento’s famous gross-out gore effects and cruel ultra-violence that will make even the toughest horror movie fan wince ( and he really does go for maximum shock value here! Tenebrarum's bloodlust would ultimately be her own undoing, as one of her victims, a maid, was inadvertently responsible for the house catching fire in the midst of her death throes. This very brutal, very gory evil witch demon film brings to an intestine-tangled close Argento's "Mother Trilogy" in blood-soaked form. Yes, like “Inferno” (1980), the ending of this film is a bit silly and anti-climactic ( although the flooded crypt tunnel could almost have come from Argento’s 1985 film “Phenomena”) but “Mother Of Tears” feels like a much more focused film than “Infermo” did.

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