Two Evil Eyes (1990) - Horror

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92

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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.

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Harvey Keitel
Length: 120 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 52 found boring (25%)

One-line Reviews (58)

It is entertaining though and does provide a few honest chills.

Robert finds the experience fascinating and Valdemar asks him to take him out of the trance since other spirits are stalking him.

Not quite, but it's still oddly gripping, like a polished piece of clichés giving way to a wild head game of "old-school" horror.

Long, drawn out, and rather uneventful for much of the time, Romero's story eventually comes alive when the spirits that share limbo with Valdemar take over his body (in a scene that reminded me of Romero's Creepshow segment Something To Tide You Over) to kill Jessica, and appear while Robert is under self-hypnosis, plunging a massive metronome into his chest (a splattery moment courtesy of Make Up FX legend Tom Savini).

Firstly it's nowhere near Romero's best work with quite a few dull moments, and definitely the most padded one out of the 2 stories and is not tackled with the imagination that this story should have had and the cinematography also falls flat and has that made of TV feel to it, making it look far dated than 1990.

Unfortunately, after this attention grabbing start, this segment also proves rather tedious for much of the time, as crime photographer Roderick Usher (Harvey Keitel) starts to lose his mind after his girlfriend Annabel (Madeleine Potter) adopts a black cat.

I wouldn't say that it's going to blow your mind but it's certainly enjoyable.

This here is quite the disjointed if somewhat enjoyable effort.

In it Rodrick is dragged out of his house and in a wild party like ritualistic barn-burning orgy, led by a witch-like Annabel, is run through with a wooden stake.

I guess it's only worth watching for Adrienne Barbeau and horror veteran Tom Atkins.

The dead man communicating to his killers needed to be handled in a much more engaging way than him merely talking without talking.

The handling wasn't quite as pedestrian, but nevertheless was fairly confusing.

While the storyline is certainly intriguing and its small cast is good with Adrienne Barbeau being the clear standout with the complexity of her character creating much of the tension and Ramy Zada does well as her secret lover as we constantly doubt whether or not he can be trusted.

This is part of the problem I have with Due Occhi Diabolici as I feel the stories are a little too long & drawn out.

Romero's story is too slow to really make an impact.

But, I can say this: the Romero part was boring and the Argento part was not, just as I could have predicted.

The second story-"The Facts in the Case of Mr.Valdemar" is a tedious bore.

Romero's half is rather bland, nothing amazing to speak of and almost made me fall asleep (though I was heavily intoxicated on Scoresby Scotch by this point, so sleep was immanent).

Pretty Entertaining Film - Abrupt Ending .

Honestly, even with Keitel's bizarre performance and Argento's visuals, this one was a snoozer for me.

The camera moves through the Valdemar mansion very tame and lifeless, like he's shooting a boring costume drama instead of an unsettling horror film.

There are also a few questionable set choices but overall I really found the second half very enjoyable as well.

Romero's work is much the opposite, avoiding the disgusting in favor of suspense building and psychological terror, which can also mean very boring.

The opening Romero story is uninspired and dull, and not worth watching.

Really dull and unscary.

Mixing elements from several Poe stories, Argento's flair for visual style and color schemes, loads of clever Poe reference (including nods to his "Pit and the Pendulum" and "Premature Burial") and lots of surprises, "The Black Cat" manages to be both entertaining and disturbing.

Overall, TWO EVIL EYES is an entertaining movie for horror fans who enjoy more than just blood and guts, and are patient enough to let a story take its time developing.

The storyline is engaging, easy to follow, well acted, well shot.

Disc two has an entertaining featurette with interviews by Romero, Argento, Savini and vintage interview with an young 14 year-old Asia Argento.

Those entranced by pure gore and bizarre visuals may enjoy Argento's second piece, but I found it ill-paced and boring.

Dreary with occasional highlights .

I found the Argento segment to be much better than the Romero, but neither one would even have made a very good episode of TALES FROM THE CRYPT, let alone an entertaining horror film.

A very cool story, but one that I must admit sounds a bit repetitive specially since Romero has tackeled similar subject manner a few times in the past.

Overall I really think that Two Evil Eyes is a pretty damn enjoyable selection and probably more even than I've made it sound.

) really very suspenseful and action-packed.

There are some who claim that Romero laced this story with an undercurrent theme of capitalism but I just enjoyed it for what it was.

Don't waste your time.

Of course, being Romero, he uses the story as an excuse to comment on capitalism and drag out one of his trademark zombies.

With some stunning and gory visuals and a brilliantly unhinged performance by Harvey Kietel who definitely steals the entire show as he steadily spirals into complete madness is just thrilling to watch, with a fast pace, an even more intriguing story and solid visuals, Argento balances his strong direction flare on an intense focused story with such style.

This was quite the wholly enjoyable and thrilling take on the story.

It's stylishly filmed, has a good soundtrack, a fantastic performance from Keitel, is fast paced and genuinely suspenseful.

I like the film - it was entertaining.

I like the fact that these two short films have to be fast paced due to the time constraint.

The madness that follows thereafter, builds to an exciting finale.

The movie flows at a very slow pace and the script is a bit boring.

So, to make a final verdict, a pretty pointless affair with the following ratings: segment 1: 3/10 segment 2: 5/10

The movie as a whole is very entertaining, even at it's slow parts.

With a budget of about $9,000,000 Due Occhi Diabolici looks nice enough but for the most part a little bland & forgettable which you wouldn't usually expect to say about anything involving Argento.

This was undoubtedly due to some scathing reviews that labelled this movie as abysmal, boring and pointless.

Poe definitely isn't to blame for this, as his "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar" is an intriguing tale about human greed, made even more compelling by some supernatural twists and a large amount of morbidity.

It starts out good, hits a lull for a few minutes, then picks back up again.

Even being violent and quite slow, "Two Evil Eyes" will please the horror fans, for being a show of impressive visual.

Overall, the film is a reasonably good waste of time in case you're an experienced horror fanatic.

¨Two evil eyes¨ is an acceptable and passable entertainment with surprising and intriguing situations , it does have a few good moments .

The storyline is too cliché in this outing and it's pretty dull despite an excellent lead performance from Barbeau and good (though sparsely used) Tom Savini make up FX.

Thrilling and frightening musical score by Pino Donaggio .

Exciting film with effective aesthetic that packs lots of gore , guts , chilling assassinations and twists plots .

Anyway, in this first segment that plays out like a longer boring version of 'Tales From the Crypt", Jessica Valdemar (Adrienne Barbeau, of "Swamp Thing" and "Escape From New York" fame, and NO I will NOT even mention "Maude" it was a horrid horrid show) wants to off her dying sugar daddy with the help of her hypnotizing Docter lover only to have the old coot come back.