For the many filmgoers familiar with Italian horror, Dario Argento is a revered name, a standard-bearer of high style, lush cinematography, gory deaths, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. While the quality of his movie outings may have ebbed and flowed over the course of his 40+ year career, his true fans are seldom deterred by bad reviews. I've been taken to task more than once over my reviews of "Cat o'Nine Tails", which even Mr. Argento considers his least favorite film. However, in James Gracey's aptly titled "Dario Argento" from Kamera Books, I learned enough about "Cat" to stimulate my interest and actually make me want to see it again. Obviously a huge Argento fan (and one of Italian horror, as well) Gracey has produced a slender, gracefully written volume that briefly scans the filmmaker's early life before zooming in on each of Argento's films, as well as his various other projects. Each film is well-documented with interesting facts, conveniently divided into (mostly) eight areas: synopsis, background, comments, style, themes, music, trivia, and verdict. Also included are the casts and crews, providing further enlightenment to those of us interested in this particular genre. Gracey's enthusiasm for his subject and his output is contagious, and so well organized and thoughtfully presented, that it prompted me to not only revisit "Cat", but also to check out some of Argento's other work that I had previously written off due to bad word of mouth. Overall, a fast, fascinating read for movie fans and aspiring filmmakers, alike.