Dario Argento: Panico

2023 [ITALIAN]

Action / Biography / Documentary / Horror

IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 374 374
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894.78 MB
English 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 37 min
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1.79 GB
English 5.1
25 fps
1 hr 37 min
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Reviewed by Reviews_of_the_Dead 8 / 10

Solid Overview of this Master of Horror

This was a documentary that I saw hit Shudder earlier this year. I'm a huge Dario Argento fan so getting a documentary about his personal life as well as his career was something I knew I'd watch. I started this one at work when my day was slow and then finished at home. This moves fast, gives his personal life before becoming a filmmaker and then goes through personal things as each of his movies came out.

Now I knew parts of Argento's personal life. I tend to do research on people and things that I'm a fan of. I didn't know that he was married to Marisa Casale earlier in life. They divorced as he became more popular to the point where elements of Four Flies on Grey Velvet might be mirroring things there. I knew that he had two daughters that were actors, Asia Argento and Fiore Argento. I didn't realize there was a third. This factors into things that made Trauma odd for him and Asia.

It was also interesting to hear from Asia about what happened between the love of his life and her mother, Daria Nicolodi. It is a shame that she passed away before this was made as I would have loved to hear from her. Suspiria and Inferno stem from stories that Daria's mother told her. Dario wasn't big on giving her more credit for some reason and it strained their relationship. These are things fans of this horror maestro already knew, but we get a different perspective here.

Something that I like as well is that we see Dario getting interviewed. These were done for this documentary as he is older now. We also get interviews from his sister, Floriana, his ex-wife and fellow filmmakers he's worked with like Michele Soavi, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Luigi Cozzi, Claudio Simonetti and Vittorio Cecchi Gori. There are also great filmmakers who he directly influenced like Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé and Nicolas Winding Refn. I also didn't want to leave out that they talked to Cristina Marsillach who is the star of Opera.

I'd say that this is a well-made documentary. There is a great editing early where Dario is being driven to a remote hotel and they put in scenes from Deep Red and Suspiria. That made me smile. The only thing that I didn't necessarily like is that this has felt at different times like they're making a movie and not a documentary. This doesn't ruin it by any stretch. Asking Dario and all these people different things as well as framing what was going on in his life while making these movies was an interesting watch for any fans of this filmmaker. I'd recommend this for sure.

My Rating: 8 out of 10.

Reviewed by Jeremy_Urquhart 6 / 10

A decent documentary.

Dario Argento Panico is a documentary that has an initially interesting framing device that it doesn't do a ton with (the man himself working on his latest film in a hotel, with a film crew purportedly following him around). It intercuts these scenes with fairly standard documentary scenes that go through his directorial career chronologically.

The only part that really felt inspired, beyond the first few scenes, was a time when what Argento was saying in the present day lined up very well with a TV interview he'd given in the 1970s or 1980s. The editing kept cutting back and forth, letting young and old Argento finish their sentences, and it was quite affecting.

It's otherwise a decent documentary about an interesting filmmaker, but at a certain point, it feels like it's going through the motions a bit as a documentary about a filmmaker. Beyond a couple of parts that stood out, it's probably just for Argento fans only. I find Argento's films generally interesting, so I found this documentary mostly interesting.

Reviewed by Platypuschow 5 / 10

Dario Argento Panico: Passable but glosses over some of the talking points


A film crew documents horror director Dario Argento as he works on his latest script in a hotel room, revisiting the isolation where he dreamed up his most iconic films, removed from distractions to explore his dark imagination.


Made by Simone Scafidi who also did a comparable documentary about Fulci (Which I've yet to see) and featuring interviews with Dario, Asia, del Toro, Bava and Ferrini.


Argento is a cinematic genius, this to me is not disputable. I've enjoyed a large percentage of his works and hold him in high regard within the industry.

A documentary about him I saw great potential in, sadly the execution is very sterile. It's not exactly an expose or even a biopic, it's a very bland by the book look at his life and his works with contributions from his peers.

This to me is a passable and eye opening watch for mega-fans, but for anyone else it's an unforgivable bore.


Something has always bothered me about Argento, and that's his use of his daughter Asia. He cast her frequently through his works even from a young age, yet the consistency is nudity and sex involving her and that just never sat right with me and raised questions I'm entirely certain I don't want the answers to. To him it's likely harmless, to her it's likely harmless, to me it has made my skin crawl since the first time I saw it.


Informative Some decent contributors Rather boring No surprises, no frills, just the facts.

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