Two of a kind!
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.