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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.

Directors:

Dario Argento, George A. Romero (as George Romero)

Writers:

Dario Argento (segment), Franco Ferrini (segment) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrienne Barbeau ... Jessica Valdemar (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Ramy Zada ... Dr. Robert Hoffman (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Bingo O'Malley ... Ernest Valdemar (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Jeff Howell Jeff Howell ... Policeman (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
E.G. Marshall ... Steven Pike (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Harvey Keitel ... Roderick Usher (segment "The Black Cat")
Madeleine Potter ... Annabel (segment "The Black Cat")
John Amos ... Det. Legrand (segment "The Black Cat")
Sally Kirkland ... Eleonora ("The Black Cat")
Kim Hunter ... Mrs. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
Holter Graham ... Christian (segment "The Black Cat") (as Holter Ford Graham)
Martin Balsam ... Mr. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
Chuck Aber ... Mr. Pratt (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Jonathan Adams ... Hammer (segment "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar")
Tom Atkins ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

ADC Films,Gruppo Bema See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Dario Argento originally planned a cable show based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. George A. Romero had agreed to direct the pilot hour "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar", Michele Soavi was inked for "The Masque of the Red Death (which had been Romero's original choice) and Richard Stanley was up for "The Cask of Amontillado" (Michael Gambon had been cast as Fortunato and Jonathan Pryce as Montressor). Sadly Romero struck out, and only one further episode ("The Black Cat") written and directed by Argento was produced. The other scripts ended up on the shelf. See more »

Quotes

Jessica Valdemar: I married a rich, old man. I let him use me, for pleasure and for show. Now I'm going to let him pay me for my services.
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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 »

Connections

Version of The Black Cat (1941) See more »

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Powerful and violent!
18 August 1999 | by arySee all my reviews

Two experts and veteran film makers, George Romero and Dario Argento, transform two unknown Edgar Allan Poe's stories in a powerful and authorial cinematography's experience.Argento directs the best episode, about a photographer whose specialty resides in deaths and murders, and who is becoming a psychopath due to the metropolitan brutality that he testifies (and Argento exaggerates in this scenes,as always:the beginning of the film is a truly punch in the stomach).Harvey Keitel is great in this role, the kind of acting that made him famous. Argento uses quick edition, complex and original camera movements (as in the moment in which Keitel kills two detectives), and an extremely gloomy and unpleasant photography to accentuate the morbid climate that permeates most of his films. Even being violent and quite slow, "Two Evil Eyes" will please the horror fans, for being a show of impressive visual.


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