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Mother of Tears (2007)

La terza madre (original title)
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Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Enzo Marchi
Michael Pierce
Valéria Cavalli ...
Marta Colussi
Giselle Mares
Detective Lissoni
Tommaso Banfi ...
Father Milesi
Paolo Stella ...
Clive Riche ...
Man in Overcoat
Massimo Sarchielli ...
The Hobo


An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the city. All these events are caused by the return of Mater Lacrimarum, the last of three powerful witches who have been spreading terror and death for centuries. Alone against an army of psychos and demons, Sarah Mandy, an art student who seems to have supernatural abilities of her own, is the only person left to prevent the Mother of Tears from destroying Rome. Written by Max Borg

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If she lives, we all die. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and gore, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2007 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Exhumed  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,419 (USA) (6 June 2008)


$54,947 (USA) (11 July 2008)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(unrated) | | (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Udo Kier played "Dr. Frank Mandel" in Suspiria in 1977 and returned to the Three Mothers trilogy 30 years later in this film, though as a different character, "Padre Johannes". See more »


When the bewitched mother is on the bridge and drops the baby off the side you can see the dummy baby hit the side of the bridge and the dummies hand fly off of it and splash into the water beside the dummy's body. See more »


Sarah Mandy: I think I'm going crazy
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References The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) See more »


Mater Lacrimarum
Music by Claudio Simonetti
Lyrics by Dani Filth
Performed by Daemonia (Claudio Simonetti: keyboards, Bruno Previtali: guitar, Federico Amorosi: bass, Titta Tani: drums)
Vocal featuring Dani Filth by courtesy of Roadrunner Records
Published by Simonetti Productions S.a.s./Cradle of Filth Music Ltd/Market s.r.l.
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User Reviews

Dear Dario,
16 June 2008 | by (NYC, United States) – See all my reviews

I know this is going to be hard for you to hear, but I have to get this off of my chest: I'm leaving you.

We had a good run for years, but now its time to move on. I'm not going to patronize you by using the tired "its not you - its me" cliché. In fact, it IS you. You've changed, and I'm not in love with your movies anymore.

In the early days, we had a blast. Your films were artistic, original, vibrant, gory and scary. They were lush with complex themes woven into horror films that broadened my mind...

In the Eighties, we had a rocky period. Your films became sloppy and convoluted. Yes, the honeymoon was over - but we still stuck it out. I had faith that we (you) could work through this and get back in the game.

Towards the end of the millennium, you did have your flashes of brilliance - glimpses of our blissful beginnings... Sadly, as I now see, those were merely the final stages of your decline. Your brief and violent death throes before truly going off the rails.

I am writing to you now after seeing "Mother of Tears." I had such high hopes for us again!! All the planets were aligned: Late night screening

  • full house - open mind - belly full of tequila and lime... and the

NEW DARIO ARGENTO FILM!!! What could possibly go wrong! Then it starts... Gore right off the bat! Then witches!! THEN a very wicked little monkey!! This is going to be great!

Then... oh god, then.... I'm not sure when it started exactly, but at some point pretty early on the plot twisted off into nowhere - followed shortly thereafter by any pretense of acting. I mean - I love a b-flick, but this was just pathetic. Especially when you know everyone can do better. (Oh, Udo, my secret Lover... Why? WHY???)

What bothers me the most was that it seemed that you, Dario - the once great horror maestro- didn't care about this one. Where was the signature color palate? Why would you let the one of the brilliant Goblin boys write one great Argento-esquire piece, followed by half an hour of hackery?

I hate to say it, but after your last three flops - I'm done. Thanks for the great years, Dario, but you and I are through.

We'll always have the 70's, my Love. And I will remember them, and you, fondly. Good bye, Dario.

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