Masters of Horror: Dario Argento: Jenifer

Masters of Horror: Dario Argento: Jenifer (2006)

A twisted and macabre tale, Jenifer is well-acted and directed but asks the viewer to play along just a little too much.  Creepy and well-paced, the film points a glaring light at man’s more carnal nature and is definitely good for an (adult) scare.

*Spoilers* When Detective Spivey rescues Jenifer, it’s subtly suggested the she has some control over him – this could have been reinforced at the end of the movie, but wasn’t – so I wonder.  If not, then it’s asking a lot to think that a string of men would simply flush away their lives like that.  Other than that, though, I thought the buildup was well-paced.  Her transgressions escalate slowly – Spivey accepting a sudden murder spree would have been too much – so the viewer is able to go along for the ride on his gradual descent into insanity.  The ending is pretty apparent, but I think that’s the sort of mobius strip story that Argento was trying to tell.

Stars: 4/5


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