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A 2007 film written and directed by Creator/DarioArgento and starring his daughter, Creator/AsiaArgento.

Workers excavating outside of a cemetery in Viterbo, a town near Rome, unearth an urn chained to the coffin of a medieval knight. The urn is later sent to an art museum, where student Sarah Mandy and a friend decide to open it. Big mistake, as it contains a tunic belonging to a centuries old and long dormant witch known as Mater Lachrymarum, aka the Mother of Tears. The artifact restores the Mother's powers, bringing about a wave of murders, suicides and vandalism. As witches from all over the world flock to Mater Lachrymarum's side to witness the second fall of Rome, Sarah learns that her mother was a white witch, and that she herself may be the only one capable of stopping Lachrymarum's evil reign.

The third and final film in the 'Three Mothers' trilogy, following 1977's ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' and 1980's ''Film/{{Inferno}}'', the film was not well received by critics, and harshly criticized by fans for not living up to the standards of its predecessors.

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!! This film provides examples of:
* AndShowItToYou: Giselle has [[spoiler: her belly slit open and is then strangled to death with her own intestines.]]
* ArtifactOfDoom: Mater Lachrymarum's tunic.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Every use of TheHecateSisters trope from the 11th century onward is a fictionalized depiction of the Three Mothers.
* BigBad: Mater Lachrymarum
* BuryYourGays: Marta and her lover.
* CallBack: The history of The Three Mothers is discussed. Suzy Banyon is mentioned, and a copy of Varelli's book from the second film appears.
* TheChosenOne: Sarah, by virtue of being [[spoiler: one of the last white witches around. Not that it does her a lot of good.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Sarah vs Katerina, Sarah vs [[spoiler: Mater Lachrymarum.]]
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: Giselle
* DressCodedForYourConvenience: The Mother's witches
* DugTooDeep
* {{Fanservice}}: The title character spends most of the film either bottomless or completely naked. Also, the lesbian sex scene.
* {{Gorn}}: A lot of it.
* TheHecateSisters: The Three Mothers. Also, the trope's use in mythology is lampshaded.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted ''at least'' three times. A mother throws her baby off a bridge for no discernable reason (though narm in the form of a SpecialEffectsFailure keeps it from being too brutal). A posessed woman chops her toddler in half with a kitchen knife, and Michael's son is kidnapped and never heard from again, though arguably [[spoiler: the body being eaten by the witches late in the film]] is his.
* InformedAttribute: Sarah had no idea that [[spoiler:her mother was a witch, or that she herself had any dormant powers. Apart from going invisible a couple of times, said powers serve no purpose whatsoever.]]
* IAmAHumanitarian: "Who wants to eat the girl?"
* KensingtonGore: Sadly averted.
* MonsterMisogyny: Certain elements of the film may lend fuel to the fire that Argento has issues with women.
* NoodleImplements: An urn contains artifacts sacred to the Mother of Tears, but except for her tunic, they're forgotten about immediately after [[spoiler: the first murder.]]
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Played straight, and almost word for word. Guess what happens the second it's said.
* PapaWolf: Michael, who goes after the witches on his own when [[spoiler: his son is kidnapped. He fails.]]
* SceneryPorn: Averted in comparison to its predecessors.
* ShoutOut: To StarWars, oddly enough. Sarah's mother instructing her from beyond the grave has a very "use the force, Luke," feel to it. Also, Helena Markos' haggard appearance being retconned as resulting from a battle with Sarah's mother paralells a simular retcon in RevengeOfTheSith.


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