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Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Due occhi diabolici (original title)
Two horror tales based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two famous horror directors, George A. Romero and Dario Argento. A greedy wife kills her husband, but not completely. A sleazy reporter adopts a strange black cat.

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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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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")
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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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Storyline

"The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar": The gold-digger Jessica Valdemar and her lover Dr. Robert Hoffman plot a scheme to take the money of her old and terminal husband Ernest Valdemar. Robert has hypnotized Valdemar to give his money to Jessica. Out of the blue, Valdemar dies while hypnotized and is stranded between the world of the living and the dead. Robert finds the experience fascinating and Valdemar asks him to take him out of the trance since other spirits are stalking him. However Jessica shots the corpse of Valdemar twice expecting to finish his contact with the world of the living. But soon she learns that Valdemar had been already possessed by evil forces. "The Black Cat": In Pennsylvania, the tabloid photographer Roderick Usher that explores gruesome crime scenes where Detective Legrand is investigating. Rod has been living for four years with his girlfriend Annabel, who is a violinist. When she brings a stray black cat home, Rod immediately hates the animal. Soon Rod ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Edgar Allan Poe  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$349,618 (USA)
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Trivia

It was Julie Benz's first acting role and the first feature film she starred in. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Dreary with occasional highlights
25 May 2001 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Make no mistake, if you rent/buy this and are in a haste, only watch the second segment! Horror-maestros Romero and Argento's teaming is not what could have been expected. First we have a spooky retelling of Poe's "Mr Valdemar", directed (or should it, in this case, be non-directed?) by Romero, and it's so very, very looooong. The plot never get's to boil here, just simmer slightly. All there is to enjoy is the over-acting of Ms Barbeau in one of her (many) bitch-parts, otherwise nothing interesting happens until the last five minutes where there is some suspense and horror. The second story is by italian horrordirector Argento and it's at least twice as good, but still not good enough. Interesting directorial touches, mixed with some nice gore, manages to hold the interest even if the material is stretched well beyond it's limit. There are numerable references to other Poe stories to find and an impressive dream-sequence with a very nasty impaling. Harvey Keitel is nicely creepy in his part as killer and cat-hater. It's his show from beginning to end. But the ending is too abrupt and, as I said earlier, there is not enough story fill the space with. So, to make a final verdict, a pretty pointless affair with the following ratings: segment 1: 3/10 segment 2: 5/10


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