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The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.

Two Evil Eyes

Two stories of twisted romance by Edgar Allan Poe are presented.

 

United States
Italy
1990
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Surreal
Anthology
Tale Amount: 
2
Animals: 
Cat
Sadist: 
Executioner
Rigger
Stalker: 
Thief
Psychics: 
Hypnotist

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

A woman maintains her husband between coma and death through hypnosis with her lover's help.

The Black Cat

A man kills his wife and her cat.

6
Two of a kind!
6
5.04
7.04
6
3
4
3

The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

The Black Cat

Performances
Pace
Ambiance
Two Evil Eyes is composed of two relatively short segments inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s work. One is called The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar and the other The Black Cat. The two stories were previously adapted many times, namely in 1962 horror anthology film Tales of Terror. You’d think that at an hour each these simple stories would resort to filler. In fact, we don’t feel an extrapolation.
George A. Romero is the mastermind behind the first segment in which a woman plots her husband’s death along with her secret lover. Dario Argento handles the second segment; the story of a photographer who tortures a black cat and gets bad karma in return. Both stories are twisted romances. Both stories have a supernatural element to them and a surreal ambiance.
The actors give decent performances. The writing is slightly poetic and the directing limited to a few players and sets. We haven’t really seen this kind of format in horror anthologies much up to now, that is the hour long attempt, and the end result is rather refreshing. This is first and foremost a celebration of Edgar Allen Poes’s talent by two no less talented contemporary masters of horror.
Alternate Titles: 
Due occhi diabolici
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