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.
A young man tries to help a teenage European girl whom escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.
A Rome policewoman teams up with a British Interpol agent to find a crafty serial killer whom plays a taunting game of cat-and-mouse with the police by abducting and killing young women and showing it over an Internet web cam.
A medieval reenactment troupe find it increasingly difficult to keep their family-like group together, with pressure from local law enforcement, interest from entertainment agents and a growing sense of delusion from their leader.
A college film student, obsessed with the works of Alfred Hitchcock, investigates a murder committed in the apartment building across from his and suspects that his seductive neighbor hired a girlfriend to commit the deed.
A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.
"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
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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