Yep, back to back weeks of Dario Argento movies! Last week on Sunday Bloody Sunday we had the arm chop from Tenebre. And this week it’s all about a bullet through a peephole (that would be a good name for a song btw) from Mr. Argento’s 1987 underrated giallo, Opera.
I’m sure a lot of you out there have had some peephole anxiety in the past. You get a knock on the door, but before you open it – you put your peeper up to the peephole to get a peak at who it is. The whole fisheye lens can be deceiving and frustrating because it can be hard to get a good look at who’s on the other side. Unfortunately for Mira (Daria Nicolodi) in Opera, she may have spent a little too much time on peephole patrol. Without spoiling her ridiculous but entertaining death, I’ll let you watch it below to fully enjoy it:
Quick! What’s the creepiest mechanical doll ever? Tick tock, tick tock. What’s your answer? No, I’m sorry, but Vicki The Robot from the TV show Small Wonder doesn’t count. The correct answer is: the mechanical doll from Dario Argento’s classic giallo, Deep Red! And yes, the first time I saw that movie, I kind of had a love/hate thing going on with that creepy ass thing. All the more reason that I’m showing it some love on this edition of Give Me The Creeps. Not familiar with the mechanical porcelain terror that I’m speaking of? Take a look below in the clip:
Oh yeah. I should have also mentioned that there was a pretty gnarly teeth bashing scene in there, as well as some groovy over-the-top soundtrack music from the band Goblin. Only sweetens the deal if you ask me. The focus is on that random mechanical doll in the cute little tuxedo though. As he trollops towards Professor Giordani giggling like a school boy, you can’t help but be a bit terrified. And even though that particular doll is only on screen for about 25 seconds total (and that includes his lifeless porcelain broken body on the floor), it’s a scene and image that is synonymous with the movie Deep Red. This is classic Argento, and being that we can’t seem to find classic Argento anymore, we need to relish in moments like this from his previous films. So here’s a salute to that little mechanical doll in the cute tuxedo who likes to giggle a lot…….you single-handedly managed to Give Me The Creeps.
*It’s not the amount of head you have, it’s how you use it*