A good - but not great - Argento film
- The Stendhal Syndrome review by LC
Made in a period when Argento's work was beginning to show a decline, this is clearly not up to the level of the director's peak works, but still has plenty to appreciate. This tale of a cat and mouse game between police inspector and serial killer is given a twist by the introduction of the heroine's hallucinogenic reaction to works of art, and whilst it perhaps could have been further integrated into the plot, it does provide a nice dreamlike quality. The biggest hurdle one has to overcome is that the 21 year-old Asia Argento is clearly miscast and far too young to be playing a police inspector, however if you can ignore that then her actual performance is fine. The giallo plot is twisty enough to be engaging, though the climax doesn't quite thrill as it might, and the film lacks any of the jaw-dropping set-piece killings of the director's best work. Still, this doesn't miss the mark by much, and is far superior to most of the films to come.
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