Shudder picks up Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses

Still from Dario Argento's Dark Glasses
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Horror streaming platform Shudder has acquired Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses – the director’s first new film in a decade.

Dark Glasses is the first film made by Master of Horror Dario Argento in a decade. The thriller is due to premiere at Berlin Film Festival, and it’s been announced ahead of its debut that horror streamer Shudder has acquired the rights. The platform, owned by AMC Networks, will release Dark Glasses in the UK, Ireland, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Starring in the film are Ilenia Pastorelli, Andrea Zhang, and Asia Argento. Pastorelli plays protagonist Diana, who is hunted by a serial killer in the midst of an eclipse. In her panic to escape she crashes her car, surviving the ordeal but losing her sight. Determined to continue fighting for her life, she discovers that she is not alone. A little boy, Chin (whose family fell victim to the same killer) guards her and acts as her eyes. But the murderer continues to stalk his escaped prey, turning the narrative into a game of cat and mouse.

Take a look at the trailer –

Shudder has revealed that it plans to release the film on its streaming platform in the autumn of this year, though no concrete date has been given yet. Dark Glasses is the now 81-year-old Argento’s first film since 2012’s Dracula 3D, an English, French, and Spanish co-production. But of course the filmmaker is best known for his work in the Giallo subgenre of horror, including the legendary Suspiria. The term Giallo is Italian for ‘yellow’ referring to the often-pulpy detective and crime fiction books (which had yellow covers) that these films take inspiration from.

It’s certainly exciting to see Argento return to filmmaking, and Dark Glasses looks exactly like the kind of Giallo movie he’s known for. The film will be streaming on Shudder this autumn, and we’ll bring you more news as we hear it.

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