Admittedly, after his last film, many die-hard fans of Dario Argento had to ask themselves whether the time had come for the Giallo doyen to say goodbye to the film stage. » Dracula 3D » was rubbish in a class of its own — not even his daughter Asia Argento, the German Hollywood export Thomas Kretschmann and genre film icon Rutger Hauer could change that. It is all the more gratifying that ten years later the legendary director has come up with another real hit: » Dark Glasses — Blinde Angst » celebrated its German premiere at this year’s Berlinale, where it delighted us and many others. The FILMSTARTS review gives 4.5 out of 5 stars for the impressive Argento comebackand a clear recommendation for all fans of the Italian veteran.
Anyone who missed the festival screenings of the film («Dark Glasses» was also recently shown at the Fantasy Filmfest) will have to wait a good three months to be able to catch up: The official theatrical release is July 7, 2022. The home cinema evaluation will follow all the more quickly: «Dark Glasses» will be released for home cinemas on July 29th — in two strictly limited editions (each including DVD and Blu-ray), which you can secure now.
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Pierrot Le Fou gives the two-and-a-half-hour mammoth late work of Argentos the love and attention that we think it deserves in any case. Why? We’ll tell you.
This is what awaits you in «Dark Glasses — Blinde Angst»
A series of murders has shaken Rome: three prostitutes have already fallen victim to the mysterious serial killer, who literally goes by the women’s throats using all the rules of the art of murder. And he already has his next target in sight: Diana ( Ilenia Pastorelli ), who earns her money as a luxury escort.
The insane killer pursues the woman and eventually involves her in a car accident — with consequences. Because Diana loses her eyesight in the process and from then on is dependent on the support of Rita ( Asia Argento ), who works for the blind association and helps people after their blindness with the first steps into their new life in darkness. But the killer hasn’t finished his work — and will soon continue his murderous cat-and-mouse game…
Pierrot LeFou The killer lurks in the dark…
More than five decades after his directorial debut and a full ten years after his last screen project, master director Dario Argento returns to his old strength with «Dark Glasses». Once again, he doesn’t rely on the classic whodunit recipe, but rather demonstratively lays the cards on the table. It is neither about the identity of the killer nor about the question of why he kills. Rather, the tension stems from the simple fact that he’s out there, out there somewhere, stalking his victims, in the dark where they won’t see him coming.
«Leading actress Ilenia Pastorelli is less an actress than a presence, which Argento in turn stages very effectively as such,» says our review, in which author Jochen Werner awarded 4.5 out of 5 possible stars. Our Verdict: Beguiling and hypnotic, Dark Glasses is an excellent mix of well-known Argento-typical elements and fresh, genre-subverting elements that would put the now 81-year-old’s career to a fitting end when he finally quits filmmaking let it be.
The FILMSTARTS review of «Dark Glasses»
Horror fans can’t avoid «Dark Glasses» this year — and make the best use of the opportunity to dive into the abysmal world of Dario Argento in the darkness of the cinema hall. And if not, then just — shortly after the cinema release — at home.
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