Expectation was only exceeded by disappointment in this bookend to the Three Mothers trilogy originated in Dario Argento's Suspiria. Started over two decades earlier and in an entirely different era of filmmaking, it seemed inevitable that this film would have difficulty recapturing the look and feel of its predecessors. Gone is the unnatural coloring borrowed liberally from Bava, having been replaced by a bland color palette set in earthly tones. Gone is the constant sense of tension and danger set by a steady stream of unnerving imagery. Though the film has a distinct look and feel unto itself, it still manages to pull together a similar theme, with the descendant of a white witch discovering the truth of another powerful mother witch causing the recent rash of disaster and murder plaguing Rome. Argento brings the gore, so there is certainly no lack of brutal violence and gallons of blood, but the deaths just do not retain the sickening beauty of the first two entries. Much of the acting is overlooked or forgiven since it is dubbed, but in reality it isnt very good. Argento's daughter Asia is overused, and does not bring the level of empathy and intrigue as her counterparts. The film unfortunately falls under much harsher criticism since it comes from the master of horror, and despite the negative remarks above, The Third Mother is still better than the average horror film. It just does not live up to Argento's stellar track record, and is a significant step down from the horror perfection achieved in Suspiria.