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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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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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"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.

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Horror

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Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Edgar Allan Poe  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,410, 27 October 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$349,618
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Trivia

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 twenty-five. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Robert Hoffman: Try to think logically. There is a logical explanation for everything.
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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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Version of The Black Cat (1961) See more »

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Two Creepy Stories by Edgar Allan Poe and Directed by Two Masters of Horror
18 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Two Evil Eyes" is a creepy movie with two segments directed by two masters of horror, George A. Romero and Dario Argento, and based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

"The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar": The gold-digger Jessica Valdemar (Adrienne Barbeau) and her lover Dr. Robert Hoffman (Ramy Zada) plot a scheme to take the money of her old and terminal husband Ernest Valdemar (Bingo O'Malley). 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. This segment is based on a creepy and macabre tale of greedy with a weird and bizarre conclusion.

"The Black Cat": In Pennsylvania, the tabloid photographer Roderick Usher (Harvey Keitel) that explores gruesome crime scenes where Detective Legrand (John Amos) is investigating. Rod has been living for four years with his girlfriend Annabel (Madeleine Potter), who is a violinist. When she brings a stray black cat home, Rod immediately hates the animal. Soon Rod takes photos torturing the cat for his book and the cat vanishes. When Annabel sees the photos of the cat in a bookstore, she concludes that Rod killed her cat and she decides to leave him. Meanwhile Rod finds a stray cat in a bar identical to the one he killed and the owner Eleonora (Sally Kirkland) gives the animal to him. Annabel is leaving the house but she overhears the cat and returns to her room. Rod kills her and builds a wall to hide her body behind a bookshelf and prepares a solid alibi. But his fate is doomed by the black cat. This segment has a great version of the well-know tale by Edgar Allan Poe. Harvey Keitel has a magnificent performance and the direction of Dario Argento is top-notch.

My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Dois Olhos Satânicos" ("Two Satanic Eyes")


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