Mother of Tears

A woman inadvertently opens an ancient urn that unleashes the powers of an evil witch.
United States
Italy
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Monkey
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Collapse
Wizards: 
Abjurer
Necromancer
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Three bricks shy of a load...
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This is the third film in the Three Mothers trilogy written and directed by master of horror Dario Argento. It is the most mature installment but it is artsy and somewhat pretentious nonetheless. It vacillates from supernatural to surreal like the first two movies did. Like Inferno, the previous entry, this is a procedural film with answers that are sometimes spoon-fed to the audience.
Mother of Tears is, like its predecessor, all style and no substance. Why have the protagonists go through a serious investigation when the outcome makes no sense. Like the gratuitous nudity, here, the gore is so over the top you can’t help but chuckle. The characters are unlikable. Their quest is ludicrous. These flaws eventually weigh on us and we slowly space out...
This is the only film in the trilogy without signature red and blue lighting setups and without a mesmerizing score. Like Suspiria and Inferno, though, its main protagonist is a female that can’t exactly be described as strong. Mother of Tears is extremely predictable for anyone up to date with the franchise. Do see the first two films before this one or you’ll be completely lost.
Alternate Titles: 
La terza madre