People hated this movie. I don’t think this is much worse than the latest Argento stuff, on the contrary the movie has its best spots right in my countrymate performance. Once again working with romero after Zombi, Romero doesnt want to stray from his trademark living dead thing so he opts to pay his homage to Poe right with his personal point of view of the case of Dr. Valdemar. I forgot to say this before, but this movie is basically a “split” “tribute” to the most literally sublime master of the horror fiction E.A. Poe. The movie spans for two segments of one hour each. Some good scenes of splatter deserve some attention: the decomposing woman eaten alive by the kitties and the impaled Kaitel in the second one, and the scene where the doctor is killed by wraiths that stab his chest with a tickling device for hypnotism (mesmerization would be more appropriate). The zombie at the end of the first movie is also quite interesting (see picture). Dario should have been in his medieval trip times (see “The Church”) as he adorns his episode with reconstructions of a medieval burg where the protagonist is tortured. The scene settled in this time are quite good, with paesants with oprtting theet, stained with soot and grime, and definitely down to earth. Lots of citations abound here. The protagonist of “The Black Cat” is called Rod Usher (the House of Usher os NOT a name of a Swedish DM band eheh), and the first corpse has been killed with a huge pendulum. When I was watching this movie I had a lot of Deja Vus… actually the stories were already retold on screen by Roger Corman and the unforgettable Vincent price over 40 years ago in a long serie of then B movies (Tales of Terror”, “Pit and the Pendulum”, “Premature Burial”, “Mask of the Red Death” and so on…), and we should not forget Fulci’s “Black Cat”.
Romero and Argento ended up this movie with some arguing, although I don’t know exactly what were these about. To be noted that Special Make-Up Effects are by Tom Savini