Review of the Book That Inspired 'The Mother of Tears'   

June 8, 2008 With the "Mother of Tears" now playing a very limited theatrical release that is set to expand in the coming weeks, Steve Biodrowski over at Cinefantastique has reviewed the book that inspired Dario Argento's trilogy of films, beginning with "Suspiria" and ending with "Mother."

Although it will never achieve the status of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein or Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Thomas De Quincey’s Suspiria de Profundis deserves a small place in horror history for having helped to inspire Dario Argento’s “Three Mothers” trilogy: SUSPIRIA (1977), INFERNO (1980), and MOTHER OF TEARS (2007) - films that depict the evil caused by three ancient witches known as Mater Suspiriorum (Mother of Sighs), Mater Tenebrarum (Mother of Darkness), and Mater Lachrymarum (Mother of Tears). Although Argento takes great liberties with his source of inspiration, the resulting films do contain interesting echoes of De Quincey’s (literally) hallucinatory imagery.

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