Mother of Tears / La terza madre (2007)

2.5 out of 5

Some computer generated fire and a screeching monkey represent just two of the attractions visited in this somewhat middling conclusion to Dario Argento's series of Mother films. While, for fans, this may provide the opportunity for some fun from spotting subtle, and not-so-subtle, references to earlier works this may be negated somewhat by the presence of rock chick witches.

These, combined with a more contemporary score by Claudio Simonetti, makes any stylistic connection with golden age Italian exploitation cinema limited at best. This is despite the casting of cult veterans such as ,Philippe Leroy and Udo Kier. As a result, despite the film being blessed with plenty of stylish and above average trademark gore effects, this was unlikely to be considered the return to form that fans of the maestro would have hoped for.

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