'Masters of Horror - Dario Argento - Jenifer'
(Steven Weber, et al / DVD / R / (2005) 2006 / Anchor Bay Ent.)
Overview: Showtime has amassed some of the greatest horror film writers and directors to bring to you the anthology series, "Masters of Horror". For the first time the foremost names in the horror film genre have joined forces for the series consisting of 13 one-hour films each season. Steven Weber of THE SHINING,THE STAND and DESPERATION stars as Frank Spivey, a detective who rescues a strange young girl (Carrie Anne Fleming) with a horribly disfigured face and lusciously ripe body from a deranged killer. But when Spivey takes responsibility for the mentally challenged orphan, she reveals herself to be a creature of untold carnal pleasures and unspeakable violent depravities that may lead him straight to hell.
DVD Verdict: Jenifer is bad news. She's got a ton of baggage, she'll strip you of everything you own and love, she's a lousy conversationalist, and she's got weird growths on her tongue. I don't think the great sex can make up for all the negatives when dealing with Jenifer. Who is she? Where does she come from, and is she human at all? Who the hell cares? Do you? I sure as hell don't. In the disc's documentary, Dario compares Jenifer to a drug, and that's a wonderful analogy for this film. Jenifer is indeed like a drug, and Steven Weber's character acts increasingly more and more like an addict. Even though the evil is so blunt and apparent he just can't let her go. She's trouble the moment he brings her into the house. Right off the bat she's biting his wife and eating his cat(hey, that rhymed pretty good, I should think about taking up rapping). Realistically, you'd kick this chick's [...] all the way back to the looney bin or call the cops, but Jenifer's strength is the powerful drug-like hold she has over her "owners". Weber loses everything because of this woman and it's an interesting and disturbing journey. Being the Argento fan I am, I was very excited about this particular installment in the Masters Of Horror series. And I certainly wasn't disappointed. I didn't get the full impact until a short time after the film had ended and I took time to reflect on certain aspects of the film. I can say in all honesty, this was very well done. In terms of style, it's more like Argento's American works like Two Evil Eyes or Trauma, though totally different at the same time. Fans will certainly check this out without a review to prompt them. Some will(and do) just dismiss this as gruesome, unscary and dumb, but Argento's name is bulletproof to fans, so nanny-nanny-poo-poo. Enjoy! This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Commentary by Writer/Actor Steven Weber and DVD Producer Perry Martin
"So Hideous My Love – An interview with Dario Argento" featurette
"Working With A Master: Dario Argento" featurette
"Behind The Scenes: The Making of Jenifer" featurette
"Howard Berger And The Make-Up of Jenifer" featurette
On Set: An Interview with Steven Weber
On Set: An Interview with Carrie Anne Fleming
Script To Screen: Jenifer
Dario Argento Bio