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Two Evil Eyes (1990)
"Due occhi diabolici" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  25 October 1991 (USA)
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Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento.

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Bingo O'Malley ...
Ernest Valdemar (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Jeff Howell ...
Policeman (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
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Steven Pike (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
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Madeleine Potter ...
Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")
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Det. Legrand (segment "The Black Cat")
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Eleonora ("The Black Cat")
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Mrs. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
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Christian (segment "The Black Cat") (as Holter Ford Graham)
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Mr. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
Chuck Aber ...
Mr. Pratt (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
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Hammer (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
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Det. Grogan (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
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"The Facts About Mr. Valdeman." A woman's husband is on his deathbed, and a psychiatrist with whom she's having an affair hypnotizes him so they can get him to sign all his money over to his wife before he dies. The husband dies when he is still in a trance and becomes stuck between the two worlds, and seeks revenge and release. "The Black Cat." A forensic photographer resents his girlfriend bringing a stray cat home. He dispatches the little furball, only to find out he can't rid himself of it that easily. Based on stories by E. A. Poe. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When I Wake You...You'll Be Dead.

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25 October 1991 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$349,618 (USA)
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The "Black Cat" segment contains several other Edgar Allan Poe tales and character names. Two of the crime scenes recorded by Rod Usher are "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "Berenice"; the Tom Savini character in the latter is made up and costumed to look like Poe himself (who wrote "Berenice" in the first person, about a man who opens the tomb of his cousin and removes her teeth). Poe did, in fact, marry his own cousin, who died at the age of 25. Rod's wife's name is Annabel (neé Lee, one supposes); the bartender who returns the cat to him is named Eleonora; and the next-door neighbors are called Pym (first name, no doubt, Arthur Gordon). See more »

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Policeman: We found blood in the freezer down in the cellar.
Det. Grogan: Christ! Rich people... Sick stuff always turns out to be rich people.
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Before the narrative of the film starts, the Poe house in Baltimore is shown, with a plaque reading: Edgar Allan Poe 1809 1849 Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. See more »

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Version of The Black Cat (1961) See more »

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Worth sitting through for Argento's segment.
30 December 2003 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Instead of your usual trilogy or anthology, TWO EVIL EYES is two hour-long Edgar Allan Poe adaptations written for the screen and directed by two top horror directors. "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar" (by George A. Romero) concerns a money-hungry wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and a greedy doctor (Ramy Zada) who team up to kill off the elderly husband Ernest (Bingo O'Malley) for his money. They unwisely use hypnotism to lure the victim to catatonia, which also allows Ernest to return from the dead and seek revenge. The storyline is too cliché in this outing and it's pretty dull despite an excellent lead performance from Barbeau and good (though sparsely used) Tom Savini make up FX. "The Black Cat" (by Dario Argento) is the reason to watch the movie. Harvey Keitel is typically good as Roderick Usher, an alcoholic crime photographer who makes a living publishing mondo photographs. His book ("Metropolitan Horrors") stirs up lots of controversy. The horror angle is added by a sinister black cat that constantly pops up in Usher's life and starts to drive him mad. Mixing elements from several Poe stories, Argento's flair for visual style and color schemes, loads of clever Poe reference (including nods to his "Pit and the Pendulum" and "Premature Burial") and lots of surprises, "The Black Cat" manages to be both entertaining and disturbing. Tom Savini also did FX for the segment (and appears). Pino Dinaggio did music for both.


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