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Mother of Tears: The Third Mother
Part three of the 'Three Mothers' trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).
19 June 1950, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
14 October 1944, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
1 November 1959, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
April 30, 2012Super35 nudity and graphic sadism substitute for suggestiveness, and technology ups the gore but makes it cinematic common.
September 24, 2008Argento's gothic hokey horror homage to sleazy sorceress boobs, demon damsels with too much makeup, and assorted cannibalistic weirdos run amok. Girl witches gone wild, Italian style.
October 18, 2008Mother of Tears may not stand tall in Argento's body of viscera-laden work, but this final chapter of a loosely defined trilogy is refreshingly old school in its trashiness.
September 16, 2008I wanted this to be great. Hell, I would have settled for just above average. This just sucks. All of the key elements are in place -- a solid story, great gore F/X, good sound work ... everything except Dario.
June 06, 2008In The Mother of Tears, the last installment of the 'witch trilogy' that began, three decades ago, with Suspiria, an excavated urn unleashes a torrent of homicidal madness in Rome.
October 18, 2008Aside from being vile and repellent, it's mainly dull -- old-fashioned in its shock tactics and culminating in a ho-hum climax.
June 06, 2008Mother Of Tears at least has some of the go-for-broke gothic spirit of [Argento's] earlier work. He's just lost the ability to shape it into something artful.
June 19, 2008The visuals are vibrant and fans of Argento's bravura bloodletting will thrill to his imaginative use of pikes, entrails and his daughter, who performs a shower scene for Dear Old Dad.
September 30, 2008Mother of Tears puts a dent in Argento's rep as a horror maestro.
July 29, 2008We come to an Argento picture for the surreal, Baroque imagery, and though much here fits those descriptions, there's a great deal of it that's also quite gaudy and goofy and, dare I say, campy.
December 17, 2008Argento is admired for his voluptuous use of color and his operatic bloodletting; this is lovely to look at, if you can stand to.
September 19, 2008... Argento's nightmare vision is vivid enough to overcome the weaker aspects and make this a commendable, if not entirely satisfying, closing to his supernatural trilogy.