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Mother of Scissors

Source: Dark Discussion

According to a news post on Dario Argento’s Profondo Rosso shop web site, The Third Mother’s distributor, Medusa, have not only delayed the film’s release date to October 31st (so they can have a Halloween-themed advertising campaign), but are also demanding cuts to the film’s more violent scenes and effects. This sort of thing truly beggars belief. Did Medusa seriously think that the sequel to Suspiria and Inferno wouldn’t be violent? What is the point of this? This isn’t even a censor attempting to cut things, just a bunch of meddling executives sticking their oar in.

I suppose the best course of action right now is to hope that the news becomes widespread and a backlash from angry fans convinces Medusa to rethink their decision. Failing that, we can only hope that it will eventually surface in an uncut form on DVD. This really is the story of Argento’s career, isn’t it? Something tells me that something is seriously wrong with the way people think when Pelts can be screened on American television without any cuts, but what has got to be one of the most highly-anticipated sequels of all time for the Euro-cult crowd looks set to be butchered at the whims of a bunch of people in suits.

Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 5:25 PM | Comments: 6
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento | Halloween | TV



I can only imagine how the executive meeting went. 'But we didn't know that Argento would produce something violent!'

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Medusa produce The Stendhal Syndrome and Nonhosonno? Bit late in the day to start whining about gore, isn't it?

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, March 17, 2007 6:13 PM


Yeah, Medusa have produced all Argento’s theatrical films from The Stendhal Syndrome onwards. Really boggles the mind.

Posted by: Whiggles, March 17, 2007 6:16 PM


This really is too depressing. And coming at a time when the "fashion" is for more graphic horror movies (Hostel, Haute Tension etc) it shows how hopelessly out of touch Medusa are.

Even if it does emerge uncut on DVD, I'd much rather they didn't fuck with it in the first place. It's difficult enough shopping around for the best DVD versions of Argento films already. I really don't want to get into the realms of theatrical/unrated/extended/director's/ultimate versions as well.

Posted by: Philly Q, March 17, 2007 6:51 PM


Avoiding gore and blood would for sure alienate the teen crowds from the movie (the largest slice of cinema-goers in Italy is under twenty): Medusa will face a huge flop in theatres, if they really go this way, so maybe they're just aiming to create some controversy around the film to capture people and media attention.

Posted by: MCP, March 17, 2007 9:07 PM


This does indeed sound unbelievable. Why would Medusa want to do that? This doesn't sound like a very wise decision for them... and especially not for Argento fans!

Posted by: BobaFett, March 18, 2007 12:37 AM


Perhaps the film really is all that violent.

Posted by: Marcus, March 19, 2007 3:13 AM

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