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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

E.G. Marshall mentions a "Mr. Pratt" at one point. In George Romero's Creepshow, he played a formidable millionaire named Mr. Pratt. 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 »

Connections

References The Amazing Adventure (1936) See more »

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Argento shows up Romero in this two in one picture.
21 February 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Two Evil Eyes (1990) was a historic collaboration between two of the best horror film makers of their day, Dario Argento and George A. Romero. What could have been an awesome event turns into a one sided affair. The end results have Dario Argento showing up his friend and fellow film maker by making a superior film that overshadows the latter's work. The two directors worked on putting two stories from macabre writer Edgar Allen Poe's proses. One film is a tired retread whilst the other is a work of true suspense and black comedy.

I don't think it was a great idea for the two to work on a film like this. Romero's film was pretty lame. The film had little to do with the story and revamping it like the way they did was a terrible idea. But Argento's tale was a superior piece that worked in several other Poe tales and the acting by Harvey Keitel pushed the short well over the top. The Argento short is canceled out by the terrible Romero one. Instead of being a sure fire classic it's just an okay film. Just watch the second tale, The first one is non-essential and you can fast forward it.

Better luck next time Mister Romero.


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