WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
The first film of the day was a poor riff on 'Cannibal Holocaust' with the action shown from the viewpoint of one of two
video cameras which meant that the gore was extremely limited and a lot of the shots were jumpy. The story line of two
recently met paors going in search of Michael Rockefeller who had disappeared some 40 years earlier is far-fetched and,
overall, this was a waste of time and, presumably, limited funds.
Better than I remembered from last year's Frightfest but the idea of two very intelligent people getting themselves lost
as happens is rather hard to take - though without this the subsequent escalation of violence would not have happened.
MOTHER OF TEARS
This Dario Argento film is the completion of the trilogy begun with 'Suspiria' and it does remind one of the excellent eye
the director has for striking images. The story makes as much sense as that of most of his films and the presence of
Udo Kier in a small role, his daughter, Asia, and her mother, Daria Nicolodi, provide a reasoanble level of acting. Many
of the set peices are imaginative but, all in all, this is a minor example of what Argento has done. One question which
I suppose will remain unanswered - what went through both his mind and his daughter's in the somewhat unnecessary
and lingering shot od her nude body in the shower?
All in all, on what was a rather cold day (and an unheated cinema), I think I would rather have stayed home - even dinner
at Bertorelli's afterwards did not impress!