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The Mother of Tears/The Third Mother
Reviewed by Oct 14th, 2009

I’ve been sitting here with this file open for an hour because I have no idea what to say about this. On one hand, it was cheesy in kind of a fun way; on the other, the witches were identifiable by their apparent addiction to Aqua-Net hairspray and dark eyeliner up to their eyebrows. The story starts with the discovery of a suspicious-looking urn along with a coffin. They rebury the coffin and send the urn off to a museum, where Sarah Mandy (Asia Argento) and a coworker open it to find some weird statues. Sarah wanders off and meanwhile the coworker is brutally murdered and then Sarah is chased by a monkey before hearing voices telling her how to escape. There’s a pretty decent amount of gore here, and that’s one of the things that stand out about this movie in relation to Inferno and Suspiria.

The violence is pretty crazy too, some creative use of train car doors, a baby thrown off a bridge, vaginal impalement, all sorts of weird deaths take place. The story is sort of on the silly side, there are the three mothers, this movie focusing on the Mother of Tears, but Sarah’s mother was killed by the Mother of Sighs, though she thought her parents died in a car crash. It turns out her mother, Elisa (Daria Nicolodi), was a good witch and fighting the evil ones who wanted to bring on an age of witches or some such crap. Sarah learns that she has powers too, and she blows on a powder puff and sees her mother’s spirit.

Meanwhile a bunch of choas is happening in the streets, people are possessed by demons, and Udo Kier’s character is killed off way too quickly. The acting ranges from decent to fairly laughable and the plot is slightly outrageous. We don’t even get any dramatic lighting until an hour into the film. I didn’t like the crazy monkey either. A bit weird and goofy, but I guess it could’ve been worse.

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