Legendary Italian horror and thriller director Dario Argento (Susperia, Inferno, Darkness, Phenomena, Opera) has made his first film in over a decade. It’s titled Dark Glassesand the story follows a serial killer who preys on prostitutes.
I’m a fan of Argento’s earlier films from the ‘70s and ‘80s and I’m curious to see how this turns out. His later films haven’t really been that great, and it seems like he lost his touch, but I’m up for watching this to see what it is. Here are the story details:
In an almost deserted, summery Rome in the midst of a hypnotic solar eclipse, a mysterious serial killer starts targeting high-end prostitutes. Diana is one of them. In a desperate attempt to escape him, she becomes the victim of a serious car accident that leaves her blind. After a long period of rehabilitation, Diana learns that the only other survivor of the crash is a now-orphaned child of Chinese descent named Chin, and she decides to take care of him. Coming from different cultural backgrounds, the two connect via a special bond that allows them to defend themselves from the serial killer’s thirst for revenge.
Dario Argento returns to directing after a ten-year hiatus with a film that mixes the mood of Italian “giallo” pulp fiction in his early work with his legendary touch of horror, albeit this time with a dose of sharp irony thrown into the mix. Black glasses is a headlong dash between city and countryside that explores the social conflict between rich neighbourhoods and Rome’s so-called Chinatown. The maestro’s gaze transforms this nightmare into pure geometry, and the class war into the kind of metaphysical architecture reminiscent of Antonioni.
The film's cast includes Ilenia Pastorelli as Diana, Andrea Zhang as Chin, with Asia Argento, Andrea Gherpelli, mario pirelloand Maria Rosaria Russo.
Shudder will debut Argento's Dark Glasses streaming starting on October 13th, 2022.