THE THREE FACES OF TERROR (TRE VOLTI DEL TERRORE)
Directed By: Sergio Stivaletti
Release Date: 20 August 2004
Running Time: 85 minutes
Horror Type: Trilogy
Sex? - YES
Gore? - YES
Momel's Rating: 4/5
It all starts with a train ride. A hypnotist shares a compartment with three strangers and begins to conduct an experiment in hypnotism. He takes out a golden ball, which behaves very much like Le Marchand's puzzle box in the Hellraiser series, of course without the Cenobytes, and uses an array of light rays to force a recollection of each of the other passengers' pasts. What follows next is a cleverly chilling narration of three unique stories, thanks to the hypnotist's golden ball that, in a way, mirrors Dumbledore's Pensieve by manner of function.
STORY # 1 The Ring Of The Moon: A gravedigger executes a curse as he unknowingly turns into a werewolf when he spills blood in a stolen ring. How very gay. It includes a pretty vivid "half brainer" scene to look out for.
STORY # 2 A Perfect Face: An insecure woman submits herself to a surgical operation because she wants to BECOME her childhood friend. Yes, become, and that's exactly the long and short of this Face Off rip off.
STORY # 3 The Lake Keeper: Its a very tired storyline that pits this loser against this very uncreatively puppeteered lake monster. Nothing to see here, really, except maybe for a pair of tits on small breasts.
It doesn't stop there, though, because, in an attempt to redeem a very average movie from becoming any lamer, this movie uses a life line and introduces a curious twist. You know how its like when you hosted a party that peaked even before your guests arrived? It's that much of a failure that you're having more fun cleaning up & washing the dishes because your guests are a dragging bunch of bores, save for this one hot thing who happened to tag along.
This movie is just like that party, and the twist that I'm referring to, by comparison, is when this hot thing returns with an excuse like he forgot his keys or something, and proceeds to ass fuck you well into the morning.
And that is why I gave it a 4/5.