What is it with Italian horror movies killing off blind people? In 1985’s Demons, a poor blind guy bit the dust by having his non-seeing eyes smooshed in. The precursor to that happened in 1977’s Suspiria, when Dario Argento thought he would set the gold standard for blind people cruelty and let a guide dog take a chunk out of his sightless master’s jugular.
So, on this special edition of Monday Bloody Monday, we’re going to all gather around and watch that scene from Suspiria. Two things come to mind when I revisit this moment by the way. First, german shepherds are awesome dogs. And second, what the hell happened to Dario Argento? It’s sad to watch a fantastic movie like this and then watch his attempts at filmmaking nowadays where he has Dracula turning into a giant praying mantis. But I digress. Now let’s watch a blind guy get his throat ripped out by a dog.
You know the feeling you get when you eat ice cream too fast? Yeah – that old “ice cream headache”. Well, multiply that by 10 and that’s what you’ll feel when you watch Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D. Now before I trash this movie version of the Bram Stoker classic novel, I will say that I am a Dario Argento fan. Suspiria is in my personal Top 10. And Deep Red, Phenomena, and Opera on are my Italian horror radar. But this Dracula 3D movie…..words just can’t describe it. Rutger Hauer is in it. Some boobs. A random praying mantis. And a cool beheading. And…..well…..that’s about it. Continue reading →