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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Evil Eyes (1990)
Two Evil Eyes (1990) aka Due occhi diabolici is a horror anthology, or portmanteau, based on two tales by Edgar Allan Poe. The adaptations are directed by horror maestros Dario Argento and George A Romero. Tom Savini (Creepshow) provides the special effects and also has a cameo in The Black Cat segment.

Tale One:
The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romero fumbles, but Argento scores
Two Evil Eyes threatened to be another disappointment from Dario Argento, especially since the first half of this modernized Edgar Allen Poe double-header, The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar, directed by George A. Romero, felt like a competent but uninspired network TV compilation episode. So it's a real surprise just how much dark fun Argento has with The Black Cat,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Evil Eyes (1990), 20 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Two Evil Eyes [DVD] (DVD)
Two Evil Eyes (1990) aka Due occhi diabolici is a horror anthology, or portmanteau, based on two tales by Edgar Allan Poe. The adaptations are directed by horror maestros Dario Argento and George A Romero. Tom Savini (Creepshow) provides the special effects and also has a cameo in The Black Cat segment.

Tale One:
The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar
Jessica Valdemar (Adrienne Barbeau) is having an affair with psychiatrist Dr Robert Hoffman (Ramy Zada), whilst her husband is dying of a terminal illness. Ernest Valdemar (Bingo O'Malley) is in the process of handing his estate over to his wife, despite protestations by his legal representative Steven Pike (E G Marshall). The two lovers have been using hypnosis to get what they want and Pike is aware that something is wrong. He warns Ernest that should he die in the next three weeks his wife will be investigated. Ernest dies under hypnosis and is subsequently stuck between two worlds. Ernest then seeks revenge and to also be released from limbo, whilst the lovers try to permanently end his life. The police (Tom Atkins) also take an interest in the situation. This is a traditional revenge story from the master of gothic fiction.

Tale Two:
The Black Cat
One of Poe's most popular tales sees Roderick Usher (Harvey Keitel) , a crime scene photographer who appreciates real life art, in a building surrounded by the body parts of various corpses; his job is to take photographs in a crime-ridden section of Pittsburgh for Detective Legrand (John Amos). He works on documenting the dead for Legrand in his basement darkroom. One day his work is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious black cat taken in by his girlfriend Annabel (Madeleine Potter). Usher and the cat develop a hatred for each other and Usher inevitably kills the cat - but the cat will not die easily, and it can reveal a secret about Usher that could destroy his life.

Both stories are handled well, with Argento's being the slightly better of the two. The production values are very good and there is a good cast of actors in both tales. The DVD release is a standard one with no extras worth mentioning unless you purchase the Region 2 PAL DVD by Arrow which, as with all their releases, is fully loaded.

*Casting Connections: Romero uses some of his regulars here: Tom Atkins (Creepshow, Bruiser), Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow), Tom Savini (Creepshow, Creepshow 2, Dawn of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Knightriders, Land of the Dead, Martin, Monkey Shines).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romero fumbles, but Argento scores, 3 Nov. 2006
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Two Evil Eyes threatened to be another disappointment from Dario Argento, especially since the first half of this modernized Edgar Allen Poe double-header, The Facts in the Case of Mr Valdemar, directed by George A. Romero, felt like a competent but uninspired network TV compilation episode. So it's a real surprise just how much dark fun Argento has with The Black Cat, playfully riffing both on Poe's other short stories and classic movies (there's even a subtle Psycho moment where Martin Balsam's nosey neighbor finds himself at the foot of another staircase looking for another missing woman) as Harvey Keitel's crime photographer - first seen photographing the aftermath of a Pit and the Pendulum incident - finds his life going to Hell when he gets rid of the girlfriend's cat. It's not prime Argento, but compared to his stale going-through-the-motions later efforts like Phantom of the Opera, The Card Player and Phenomena, it'll remind you why you liked him in the first place.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Evil Eye, 13 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Two Evil Eyes [DVD] (DVD)
I have mixed feelings about this film! It was directed by two big directors Romero and Argento and they adapted Poe's stories. How could something like that goes wrong?
Well Romero's part is a Zombie story that is so bad and lame, you have to see it to believe it. I nearly stopped watching the film after this one.
Thanks god Dario saves the day with a great rettelling of the Black Cat with a great Harvey Keitel, terrific camera movies and a fabulous Goblinesque Pino Donnaggio score.
If you want to get this film, be sure that you are a Dario Argento fan, cause he's the only reason to own this film!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing for Dario, 23 Sept. 2002
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Most people will be buying this for Dario's contribution, but Romero's contrbution isn't quite as bad as is often made out (it's still pretty terrible though). I have to say that this is probably my least favorite of Dario's movies, and it's not even to do with the length. It's a bit of a cliche but everytime Dario americanises his work (cat o'nine tails), the result never comes out his best (though Trauma is arguably an exception). The lyricism that acts as a hallmark to Dario's oeuvre is sadly lacking, and many of the characters are exteremely annoying.
However, the transfer is up to Anchor Bay's usual standards, and the inclusion of 'An Eye for Horror' as an extra is a generous extra (even though it's also available on the UK edition of Sleepless). If you're an Argento completist like me, you'll probably want to get it...
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