Bryan Cassiday, author
Dario Argento Month
Updated: Nov 18, 2017
They ought to have a Dario Argento month at TCM, and appropriately it should be during October, the month of Halloween. They have months for all sorts of actors and directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick, but they never have one for the Italian horror maestro Dario Argento. This is clearly an oversight by TCM. Maybe a write-in campaign for a Dario Argento month would be in order.
Not only has Hollywood slighted Argento for many years, as his films never get wide release in this country, now it is learned that the powerful Miramax film producer Harvey Weinstein raped Argento's daughter Asia, according to an interview with her in a recent article in The New Yorker.
Hollywood needs to clean up its act, and they need to pay homage to the great horror director Dario Argento, the man who gave us Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebre, Bird with the Crystal Plumage, and a raft of other great horror thrillers.
Like Hitchcock, Argento has directed scores of movies, and many of them are quite good. Yet many people in America have never heard of him. A TCM retrospective of Argento's movies would help remedy that ignorance.
It is a little-known fact that it was Argento, along with George A. Romero, that cowrote one of the great zombie movies of all time Dawn of the Dead, which was directed by Romero.