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      Dark Glasses

      2022 1h 30m Horror Mystery & Thriller List
      52% Tomatometer 54 Reviews 40% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Rome. A serial killer has killed three prostitutes, strangling them with cello ropes. The last rope of the "Cellist" is destined for Diana, a luxury escort who frequents the hotels of Via Veneto. One night, the maniac chases her driving a van, an drams her sending her crashing into another car. Diana awakens in a hospital, shrouded in darkness. The diagnosis is final: she lost her sight in the crash. Rita, a young woman from the Blinds' Society, helps Diana with her first steps in the darkness and in her new life; in the meantime, the police investigates, although unsuccessfully. But it won't stop there. The Cellist must finish his work. Diana, helped by Chin, an orphaned Chinese boy, can only try to escape. The cat and mouse game has just begun... Read More Read Less
      Dark Glasses

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      While it's far from Dario Argento's best, Dark Glasses may be worth a look for fans hungry for another horrific helping from a master of his craft.

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      Noel Murray Los Angeles Times There are set pieces scattered throughout “Dark Eyes” that are as strange — and as strangely beautiful — as the best of Argento... Oct 14, 2022 Full Review Sara Michelle Fetters MovieFreak.com Dark Glasses is a satisfying return to form for the director, this nifty little retro Giallo slasher a tasty October treat worth savoring. Rated: 3/4 Oct 14, 2022 Full Review Amy Nicholson New York Times While it’s easy to dismiss “Dark Glasses” as the work of a master gone soft, Pastorelli’s prickly, sharp-tongued Diana is perhaps the most charismatic leading lady of Argento’s career. She dominates her surroundings — a rarity in his films Rated: C Oct 13, 2022 Full Review Keri O'Shea Warped Perspective It may only have a dash of the gloss and flair of Argento at his best, but it’s by no means the crushing disappointment claimed by some critics and fans. Rated: C- Apr 19, 2023 Full Review Dolores Quintana Dolores Quintana DARK GLASSES is a discouraging and cynical genre exercise from Dario Argento...Here’s hoping that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of DARK GLASSES. It tries and fails to be more in line with modern horror cinema by not committing to empathy and realism. Dec 28, 2022 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Weirdly stiff and awkward, and even amateurish at times. It's pretty much thrill-free, and a big letdown. Rated: 2/4 Nov 15, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      willow I think it was entertaining and the soundtrack was gripping/awesome. I especially appreciated the developing connection/friendship between the 2 main prothagonists. I still felt that this movie lost its momentum several times during the second half of the film. That being said, I also enjoyed the colors/visuals in this movie. All-in-all, I did not regret renting it on YouTube but I had, indeed, even higher hopes for this one. 🙃 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/19/23 Full Review Bruno M Since I'm a die-hard Dario Argento fan, I cannot give more than three stars for this film. As a preliminary word, I should say that it is a good film and you won't feel your time as wasted. This is particularly true of the first part of the film which follows the traditional giallo style of providing red herrings for the identity of the misterious killer. However, as for the rest, I cannot say the same. Firstly, the identity of the killer is revealed halfway through the film, turning it from a traditional »whodunit« to a CSI-style »how to catch him«. Sincerely I cannot understand the reason for this plot twist, it ruined the rest of the story and I believe that it makes no justice to the masterpieces that Dario has gotten us used to. Secondly, I cannot understand how Dario Argento gave in to »wokism« to make the film more inclusive: the protagonist is a ruthless woman prostitute turned disabled (but keeping her faithful customers to show a human side to the profession) who adopted an orphaned immigrant child (conveniently asian, to include a race element to the subject) who is bullied at school for his origins and who turns a blind eye to her profession. Oh and her house servant is also a latin american immigrant. I can't understand the reason for such wokism, political correctness because it makes the story artificial, it adds nothing to it. An all italian cast would have made the story much more realistic and credible (note: I'm not even italian). To sum up: it's a nice film, enjoyable but it makes no justice to Dario Argento's former masterpieces. He tried to combine giallo and CSI and gave in to wokism, for no particular reason and adding nothing to the beauty of his work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Jens B After suffering through "Dracula (not) 3D" a few weeks ago, "Dark Glasses" surely could not get any worse than that. And to my surprise, it was pretty okay! I really liked Diana, the kid was good, the kills were good, the score was amazing and the direction was miles away from Argento's more recent efforts. Sure, you can tell this didn't have a big budget, some actors are not the very best, the plot is questionable, and the whole deal about the killer wasn't very interesting to me. The worst offender in this was the awful color saturated digital look that kind of ruined the experience a bit. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review prawnda s this is a little too tense and seems to just run on forever. i do like the protagonist and i think she was very well cast for the role, but all the setup for this story devolves into a lot of incessant crying and screaming that did not feel graceful or meaningful. this segment in the river later on in the film feels especially tacked on, and the special effects used were not just immersion breaking, but an outright nonexistent behavior in the animals in question. if you are going to have an animal attack, you should at least try to ensure there's some measure of realism, but the animals in this film (dogs, snakes) seem to be some of the worst executed aspects, with fake hissing, growling, and barks that didn't match the dog's body language. basically, this movie has a lot going for it, but it just doesn't have much real substance, it's not representative of disability or blindness in a positive manner, and it continuously beats a dead horse as the script fumbles to come up with something to happen next. there are so many moments where it felt like the movie could have ended, but more things just keep happening, and none of them appear to have been structured intentionally, more so just lumped in to make the project longer. we get it, it sucks being blind, but the things that the protagonist and her young friend do are just incessantly high risk and irrational. the boy, chin, is sometimes quite competent as an actor, but other times i really lost enthusiasm at how poorly and blandly he delivered some of his lines. overall, i think this film would be better as more of a team effort, since i doubt a story this full of holes and contrivance was thoroughly edited or critiqued by anyone but the director himself, and from what i am able to surmise, he's really losing his touch. we just need to bring in a few people who are more detail oriented and objective about what aspects of the film really need to be present and which are just pointless loose ends or coincidences. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Overall, Dark Glasses starts quite strong. This fun yet familiar serial killer film promises excitement and mystery, but sadly becomes a slow-paced fizzle as the runtime rolls on. Everything about this film, especially the soundtrack, feels strongly inspired by the legendary horror icon John Carpenter. Even the style of on- screen kills feels familiar and carry a strong, Carpenter-retro vibe. The main reveals here are highly predictable, and the showdown is disappointing, offering poor justifications and weak reasoning. There's an excellent concept here and a fun introduction, but sadly, in the end, there isn't anything that will resonate as strongly with film lovers as I would have preferred. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Hugo "Dark Glasses" might not be a remarkable comeback from the Master Of Horror Dario Argento, but it is certainly a slasher full of humanity. The movie focuses on the friendship between two victims stalked by a serial killer. The soundtrack is reminiscent of the horror movies of the 80's with a tecno-kitsch vibe. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Rome. A serial killer has killed three prostitutes, strangling them with cello ropes. The last rope of the "Cellist" is destined for Diana, a luxury escort who frequents the hotels of Via Veneto. One night, the maniac chases her driving a van, an drams her sending her crashing into another car. Diana awakens in a hospital, shrouded in darkness. The diagnosis is final: she lost her sight in the crash. Rita, a young woman from the Blinds' Society, helps Diana with her first steps in the darkness and in her new life; in the meantime, the police investigates, although unsuccessfully. But it won't stop there. The Cellist must finish his work. Diana, helped by Chin, an orphaned Chinese boy, can only try to escape. The cat and mouse game has just begun...
      Director
      Dario Argento
      Screenwriter
      Dario Argento
      Genre
      Horror, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 13, 2022
      Runtime
      1h 30m