Masters of Horror - Dario Argento: Jenifer Reviews
A police officer encounters a strange murder attempt. He stops the assailant and rescues the victim. The victim has strange wounds all over her body and seems horribly disfigured. They allow the officer to keep the girl in his custody and eventually adopt her. However, once the girl moves in with the cop, he quickly discovers why the man may have been trying to kill her.
"While all of this is going on, where exactly will you be?"
Dario Argento, director of Suspira, Sleepless, Inferno, Trauma, and Deep Red, delivers Masters of Horror: Jenifer. The storyline for this picture is fairly impressive and presented well. I loved the main character and the manner by which she was utilized. The special effects are solid and the acting is better than you may anticipate. The cast includes Steven Weber, Carrie Fleming, Jasmine Chan, and Harris Alan.
"Hi. What's your name?"
The Masters of Horror series remains inconsistent; however, I found this to be one of the better additions to the series. The main character/antagonist was presented well and scary as hell. She was so hard to look at and to see her interacting with the characters was intense and chilling. This movie is definitely worth viewing if you are a fan of the horror genre.
[b]Jenifer,[/b] from director Dario Argento ("Mother of Tears"), gave me nightmares. No joke. The story is about a cop who rescues a woman who then turns out to be a monster. The way things are lit makes it a really beautiful film, but the story stuck with me so much that I actually don't like thinking about it.
[b]Dreams in the Witch House[/b] is based on an H.P. Lovecraft story and focuses on a student who moves into a rundown boarding house and begins having strange dreams. There's a rat with a human face, a witch and human sacrifice. Yet even with all that, this episode is just not as engaging as some of the others.
[b]Deer Woman [/b]feels the most like a TV show of all the Masters of Horror I've seen. That said, it was extremely entertaining. It's more humorous and visually disturbing than scary. The story follows a series of strange murders where it looks like a giant deer has killed the men who were all last seen with a beautiful woman.
[b]Homecoming[/b] is from director Joe Dante ("The Greatest Show Ever") and features his political satire. In the episode, a politician wishes deceased soldiers could come back and vote in the election because they would approve of the president's decision to go to war. And then the soldiers do come back, and they want their vote. It's a silly zombie story.
I find a lot of Argento's stuff hard to take, because he often focuses on aspects of the story that I personally don't have much interest in. With this film, it's sex scene after sex scene, and I found myself thinking "ok...I get it...they have sex a lot...can I learn a bit more about Jenifer now?"
There just wasn't enough reason or explanation given.
That aside, despite some of the poor writing, it had some of the better acting from the [b]Masters of Horror[/b] series, and the gore was pretty incredible.
And I'll add that on the DVD there's an interview with the actress that played Jenifer, and - not to sound mean - but she kind of gives the impression that she probably couldn't tie her own shoe. It seemed very difficult for her to string more than 2 words together...but that being said, the role didn't exactly require an eloquent person.