Two Evil Eyes – aka Due occhi diabolici – is a 1990 horror feature film, written and directed by Dario Argento and George A. Romero. The two had previously worked together on the immensely popular Dawn of the Dead in 1978.
The film is split into two separate tales, both based largely on the works of Edgar Allan Poe: “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar“, directed by Romero and starring Adrienne Barbeau, showcases his traditional mix of horror with social commentary, especially about capitalism, and “The Black Cat“, directed by Argento and starring Harvey Keitel, which blends a number of Poe references into a new narrative.
Both of the tales were filmed, and take place, in contemporary Pittsburgh. Romero collaborator Tom Savini provided the film’s special effects and appears briefly in “The Black Cat” episode playing a serial killer who looks like Edgar Allan Poe himself.
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“Romero and Argento came together here with their tribute to the writing of Edgar Allen Poe. But rather than directly recreate his work in period setting, Two Evil Eyes gives us their personal modernised take on Poe, with contemporary settings and a very 80′s take on horror. And while the results hardly rank among the greatest work of either director, they’re still interesting and noteworthy films.” Brutal As Hell