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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Featured in Savini's EFX (2003) See more »

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Gruesome and grisly film based on Edgar Allan Poe tales and directed by cult favorites
22 March 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Two horror stories based on short stories by Edgar Allan Poe directed by two leading terror filmmakers . An uneven and unoriginal anthology of terror stories adapted from the works of Edgar Allan Poe . Two famous horror directors , George A. Romero and Dario Argento realize a pair of Poe tales , though poorly rendered . In the first titled ¨Valdemar¨ by Romero deals with an egoistic , adulterous wife (Adrienne Barbeau) and a greedy , ambitious medic (Zada) leaving the husband in limbo between death and life . In the second part titled ¨The black cat¨, by Dario Argento , an unscrupulous , vengeful photographer (standout Harvey Keitel as a self-obsessed cameraman) murders his mistress (Madeleine Potter)'s black feline and walling it up . This second episode results to be slightly better than the first .

Interesting though average and poorly adapted but with imaginatively staged gory killings by the masters of horror, the talented writers/directors Dario Argento and George A Romero ; resulting to be the Argento part more successful than Romero first entry . American George Romero and Italian cult director Dario Argento , masters of arty gore, bring this eerie and stylish story plagued with depraved gore murders . Exciting film with effective aesthetic that packs lots of gore , guts , chilling assassinations and twists plots . Large support cast and cameos as Edgar G Marshall , Sally Kirkland , John Amos as a detective , Tom Savini as the Monomaniac and brief acting of a newcomer , the young Julie Benz of Dexter . This is a trademark terror work for the Horrormeisters Argento-Romero with high tension quotient and equally elevated suspense by means of an ever-fluid camera that achieves colorful shots well photographed . Atmospheric cinematography by Peter Reiners and odd wide screen , though color effects will suffer on small TV set . Thrilling and frightening musical score by Pino Donaggio . It's a homage to Allan Poe and cult director Roger Corman who directed the notorious ¨Tales of terror¨ with various stories distilled by Richard Matheson , being starred by Peter Lorre , Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price appears in all three segments . ¨Two evil eyes¨ is an acceptable and passable entertainment with surprising and intriguing situations , it does have a few good moments .

This scary motion picture is professionally directed by Dario Argento and George A Romero , though uninspired and with no too much originality . George A Romero directed the successful ¨The night of the living dead¨ and three equally celebrated sequels, ¨Dawn of the dead (78)¨ where the zombies attack a shopping mall ,¨Day of the dead dead (85)¨ about flesh-eating zombies taking over the world and scientific experimenting on zombies and ¨Land of dead(2005)¨ with high budget played by Simon Baker , Asia Argento and Dennis Hooper . While Dario Argento is one of those film-makers who set off simple for frightening us to death . His period of biggest hits were the 70s when he directed the animals trilogy : ¨Four flies over gray velvet¨, ¨The cat of nine tails¨, ¨Bird with the crystal plumage¨, after he directed some masterpieces as ¨Suspiria¨, ¨Inferno¨ , ¨Tenebre¨ and of course ¨Deep red¨ , one of the best ¨Giallo . In 1995 Argento made a comeback to the horror genre with ¨La Sindrome Di Stendhal (1996)¨ and then by another version of ¨The phantom of the Opera¨ (1998) both of which starred by his daughter Asia Argento . Most recently, Argento directed a number of 'giallo' mystery thrillers which include Insomnio (2001), ¨Il Cartaio (2004)¨, and ¨Ti Piace Hitchcock?¨ (2005), as well as two creepy , supernatural-themed episodes of the USA TV cable anthology series "Masters of Horror". Furthermore , to his Gothic and violent style of storytelling , ¨La Terza Madre (2007)¨ has a lot of references to the previous two movies as 'Suspiria and Inferno' which is a must for fans of the trilogy . And finally directed this so-so film called ¨Giallo¨ . This bloody fun plenty of graphic gore and weirdness may not be for all tastes but to be liked for Argento and Romero connoisseurs especially .


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