If there’s one thing worse than genital torture, it’s… well, okay, nothing’s worse than that. Eye torture is definitely a close second though! Dario Argento’s 1987 deconstruction of the classical theatre actor, features loads of it.
See (Pun intended) our heroine of the flick is this young attractive twenty-something named Betty, who’s just landed the most-coveted (and reputably tragedy-stricken) role of Lady Macbeth. Of course someone, maybe a fan, decides to congratulate her by tying her up at night, putting a row of sharp needles under her bottom eyelashes (that will poke her eyes if she dares to close them), and forcing her to watch as he brutally murders other members of the cast and crew. In other words, classic Argento.
If crow eyeball-pecking, scissor tracheotomies, and arson aren’t your thing: run far away from this tasty piece of cinema. Let me break my objective vow for a moment and say, this is, without a doubt, my favorite Italian horror flick of the 1980s. 4 out of 4 stars.