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Dario Argento Films - Ranked and Why

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People who added this item 161 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 5.1

This film appeared to be a part of some kind of trilogy that also features Suspiria and Inferno. I've not seen them, but I honestly didn't think it would matter. Now, after seeing Mother of Tears, I think I might have missed some backstory that possibly could have saved this film a bit. Because now it's just a huge mess.

There are hints of an interesting story somewhere, but it is simply ruined by tons of exposition, some of the worst acting I've seen, an unlikable lead character and an anticlimactic ending. Not to mention that every piece of dialogue feels like it's the worst dubbing ever.
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People who added this item 579 Average listal rating (347 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7

I really didn't like Deep Red. I thought it was stupid, annoying, unnecessarily slow and extremely boring. So it puzzles me that so many people consider this to be one of Argento's best films, and even one of the best giallo films ever.

So I guess this is just a weird example of how subjectivity works in films. Because I've rarely been this annoyed by something before. The music for instance, drove me nuts.
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It's basically just solid work. It doesn't feel as imaginative as some of his later work, but there's still enough murder and mystery in for it to never be boring, despite its uneven pace.

It's really just a film that falls somewhere in the middle, and it's one that's going to be very easily forgotten.
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (259 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9

The first Dario Argento film I ever saw, and the reason for that was quite simply because of Jennifer Connelly. She is one of my favourite actresses, and I do consider her to be one of the most beautiful women I've ever had the pleasure of gazing my eyes upon. This is however one of her first films, and she's quite young here.

Anyways. Phenomena is mostly just fun. Gore, bunch of insects and a mesmerizing musical score is what this film has to offer. I was not overly impressed, but liked it well enough.
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People who added this item 198 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.7

The giallo formula is followed very closely, but Dario Argento shows himself from one of his more imaginative side in this film. A visually stunning film that's very entertaining.

It might struggle with pace occasionally, and could definitely have been trimmed further. But there's so much to enjoy here, that that's only a minor complaint.
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People who added this item 397 Average listal rating (219 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.2
Tenebre (1982)

Creative, grisly, bloody and horrendously entertaining. Giallo at its finest. Argento at his finest. It serves up the murder and mayhem, but manages to dish up a mysterious plot as well to work around the gore.

The pacing is an issue, and the film feels roughly 20 minutes to long. Which is something that drags it down from being truly great.
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People who added this item 1125 Average listal rating (676 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.5

You just got to love those visuals. The inventive camera work, the gorgeous color palette and the atmospheric lightening - add to that an amazing musical score and you've got yourself a film that is just pleasing to watch in a haunting, or sort of dream like state. The story is not as layered as its 2018 remake, but it's an atmospheric masterpiece that ought to be felt more than anything else.
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