Movie Review: Dario Argento’s Jenifer

This post is for the Dario Argento Director’s Chair on LAMB. I’m a passive Argento viewer. Unlike many horror fans I’m not like super obsessed with him. When I took a look at his filmography Jenifer is the title that jumped out at me.

Jenifer is one of those horror movies that is truly gross. It’s like a car wreck, you can’t look away. Jenifer was a part of the TV series Masters of Horror on Showtime (showcasing one short horror film per week). I really dug Masters of Horror since they had a different guest horror director each week so there was always something new.

Jenifer was written by the star of the film Steven Weber (adapted from a comic). When I first saw it I didn’t know what to expect. I also didn’t realize how wonderfully cracked that Weber was (then). Of course now that I follow his twitter it makes total sense. BTW-Gregory Nicotero (whom I adore) does the makeup.

Jenifer is a simple, creepy tale about someone who, at first, seems to be a battered young woman but is totally monstrous instead. The film starts with cop Weber and his partner who come upon a woman who is being attacked by her boyfriend. Weber has to shoot him. Despite the fact that the woman has a horrific face Weber feels bad for her and rescues her from the institution that she ends up in. It doesn’t hurt that she has a banging body. Orderlies always escort strangers in on helpless women in the shower, right?

When Weber takes her in she instantly flips out his wife when SHE BITES HER ON THE FACE. No shit. Weber is enamored with new poon so he’s sort of indifferent to the attack. It is shown prior to Jenifer’s arrival that their marriage isn’t perfect since they hadn’t slept together in a while but his wife was all psyched to knock boots until he took her too hard. Wait, that’s possible? (Sorry, Weber on the brain.) They also have a teen son (the runaway on Queer as Folk) but he’s not given much to do aside from ogling tits.

Of course the demonic chick and Weber bang in his car so he sides with her instead of his family even when she rips out his cat’s entrails. Ugh.

Weber goes down hill fast just like the guy he had to shoot that he’d thought was insane. Of course living with and fucking a sideshow freak is enough to drive anyone to the bottom of a bottle. Speaking of sideshows, well, he tries to get her picked up by one but that doesn’t work out. Yep, murder, one of her many murders.

I love this angle.

They flee to the woods to live (I suppose that he thinks this will protect others from her). Of course it doesn’t. He gets a part time job and starts eying his boss (who is blonde with a nice rack, but doesn’t eat people) so of course Jenifer doesn’t sit idly by. Yep, more murder. The film ends with things coming full circle.

So yeah, this movie (along with the classic Zombie Strippers) shows how men can be super swayed by some nice cans despite the chick being covered in blood.

You can watch Jenifer on Netflix Streaming or rent it on Amazon Instant Video.

Don’t forget to check out the other great Dario Argento posts from fellow LAMBs by going here.

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