They call her Mater Lacrimarum - the trashiest of the three and the least convincing...
There's no denying we have a bona fide bad movie classic here.
Plot in one sentence: Asia Argento gets chased by a monkey, has to trudge through an underwater river of puke and features in a 100% gratuitous shower scene.
LA TERZA MADRE is a hodgepodge of bad CGI, nice prosthetics, silly story and wild overacting.
Sergio Stivaletti's hugely uneven THE WAX MASK comes to mind as the next of kin.
There's the obligatory taxi ride, the Three Mothers Book, Varelli and Suzy Banyon are mentioned.
No amount or references can make LA TERZA MADRE a legitimate entry into the trilogy.
Stylistic unity established by the first two films has been disrupted.
Argento destroys the mythos built up by the previous two films.
The soundscape is disappointingly poor.
In the last shot of the film the surviving protagonists are laughing hysterically - seemingly at the very film which they had to participate in.
Argento's recent films are best appreciated if one forgets about his 'classic' early stuff.
The fact that LA TERZA MADRE is the final installment in the Three Mothers Trilogy makes comparisons to his past work inevitable, and these comparisons are not in favour of LA TERZA MADRE.
It's to Argento what DEMONIA was to Fulci - a botched rehash of once interesting themes.
The film is not scary. Neither were INFERNO and SUSPIRIA.
Those were two unique films though, Dario having really achieved something original with them.
I'd prefer the trilogy unfinished.