Argento Finishes Shooting 'Pelts', Begins 'Third Mother', Signs for USA Work.

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Mini Argento update for those interested in the inside happenings. Firstly, it seems he has already finished the shoot for 'Masters of Horror' Season Two Episode, 'Pelts' - Simonetti is scoring the music. The film stars John Saxon, one of those in Argento's stunning 'Tenebre' in the early 80's - another Argento star, Alida Valli (of 'Inferno' and 'Suspiria' fame) passed away recently : she was of course, more famous for roles in films like 'The Third Man'. Within the next week Argento will return to Italy, with preproduction on the 'Third Mother' due to begin on June 1st.

This time, probably thanks to a reapprasal of his work through DVD and his better-than-average (though potentially still duff, not watched it, still awaiting a decent DVD I can be sure of : how is the one I've seen listed at Absurd?) 'Jenifer' for 'Masters of Horror' Series One, the film will have a large budget (specifically how large, don't know, but later Argento works cost many millions of dollars anyway, just not megabudgets to play with in this kind of stuff) and is co-funded between Medusa of Italy and an American company. The story is being likened to Dan Browns 'Angels and Demons' book, and really can't afford to be any kind of a cock-up or mis-judgement or it will be easily disowned by fans of the prime earlier episodes in the trilogy.

It's also said that Argento has already signed to return to America for a further film project after his 'Third Mother' is complete. No further details on that, but it's a good compromise at this point in time, with the Italian Film Industry said to be in dire shape and funding for even the best of the best proving hard to come by. There have been hints in the past that Argento isn't keen on travelling to work with foreign finance and in foreign industries, and I agree that changing the funding, location, employees on the project alters the results - inevitable in my mind. This could be the Soderbergh / Clooney project mentioned earlier in the year. [Source : DarkDreams].

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Emiel LabreeMay 10, 2006 6:42 PM

Haven't really seen it mentioned anywhere, but apparently they offered a role to Christina Ricci in the Third Mother film.

El DuderinoMay 10, 2006 11:44 PM

Who gives a shit. The man has lost it completely.

logboyMay 11, 2006 12:00 AM

Toros - yes i know its not literally called 'Third Mother', thats simply how its refered too... doh! calm down :)

TorosMay 11, 2006 12:24 AM

yeah I know logboy, don't worry :) third mother's name "mater lacrymarum" reminds me of something to do with tears or, umm well I dunno. We'll just wait and see the title.

CaterpillarMay 11, 2006 12:43 AM

I recently read that the current title for the "Third Mother" movie is EXHUMED but now Argento worries that it will be confused with the death metal band of the same name. Which is really damn stupid IMO but whatever. As for JENIFER, I thought it was one of the worst episodes of MOH's first season but as with all MOH episodes there are people who claim it's a towering masterpiece. I just couldn't get over the absence of a plot, the brutally obvious "twist" and the cheap rubber mask make-up on the titual character - really the only time I was disappointed with KNB's work on that show. I'd advise you stay away from the already released PAL DVD unless you really can't wait. So far the PAL releases have had significantly fewer extra material than the NTSC US counterparts. Carpenter's CIGARETTE BURNS is missing the audio commentaries in PAL land, for example.

WitchredMay 11, 2006 3:11 AM

Pelts is a terrificant horror movie.Look at imagine

In the Third Mother wish because acttres Ania Pieroni.

Best Wishes.

kkMay 11, 2006 3:12 AM

Christina Ricci... yeah right - I hope not because she has no talent. When it comes to Argento, he still is one of the biggest auteurs in cinema. Nonhosonno was good, The Card Player was not. Do you like Hitchcock was ok, but have not seen Jennifer yet. Looking forward to the third film!!

Rhythm-XMay 11, 2006 1:51 PM

Not to be a dolt, but what Clooney/Soderbergh project?

MayaMay 13, 2006 1:32 AM

For those interested, here's Saul Symond's write-up on "Jenifer" for his website Light Sleeper: