Written by John Edward Betancourt
There are some films out there that are extremely difficult to write about and quite frankly, the movie we are going to talk about today, is one of those motion pictures. It's not because the film is bad, quite the contrary here, this is one that was absolutely refreshing and unique, it just comes down to being able to put the right words in place to discuss something so off the beaten path.
Case in point. The fact that Two Evil Eyes features two of horror's finest directors in George A. Romero and Dario Argento, and not one bit of their respective filmmaking styles can be found in this particular motion picture. This is an anthology of two vignettes based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, specifically The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, directed by Romero and The Black Cat, directed by Argento, and you'd never know that without the help of title cards.
Sure, there's blood and guts for Argento in his tale, in fact all the special effects in this collection are courtesy of the amazing Tom Savini which makes them as top notch as they can get. Heck, we even get a taste of the undead in Romero's story, but as I said before, you'd never know it was these directors behind the camera. Because these are slow burning stories, classic filmmaking if you will, rooted in the characters in ways I haven't seen in years and well, it makes for a spectacular set of stories.
Romero's tale is one filled to the brim with psychological terror. Despite the fact we know full well what supernatural elements are going on here, this is a story that pulls at your sanity, along with the characters as the Mister Valdemar in question slowly wears you down with his cries for peace in death. Whereas Argento works quite well in the supernatural realm, leaving the horrors of curses and witchcraft slowly simmering in the background as we watch the downward spiral of a man we quickly grow to hate for his apathy toward everything.
These stories are truly Poe come to life, given the upmost respect by men who undoubtedly read his work and found influence from it and it's certainly a special anthology to watch. Don't expect any quick scares here, or monsters that go bump in the night waiting for you at every turn and corner. No, this one will simply leave you unsettled and checking the shadows of your room before you go to bed like we all did when we were children. Because Two Evil Eyes takes us back to a time when horror went beyond monsters and special effects and instead focused on horrible things happening to horrible people.