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Dario Argento Quote: “Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can’t be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious.”

Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can’t be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious.

— Dario Argento



Dario Argento Quote: “Horror by definition is the emotion of pure revulsion. Terror of the same standard, is that of fearful anticipation.”

Horror by definition is the emotion of pure revulsion. Terror of the same standard, is that of fearful anticipation.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Films are dreams. Many, many critics say to me that my films are not good because they are too unbelievable, but this is my style. I tell stories like they are dreams. This is my imagination. For me, it would be impossible to do a film that is so precise, that resembles real life.”

Films are dreams. Many, many critics say to me that my films are not good because they are too unbelievable, but this is my style. I tell stories like they are dreams. This is my imagination. For me, it would be impossible to do a film that is so precise, that resembles real life.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I like women, especially beautiful ones. If they have a good face and figure, I would much prefer to watch them being murdered than an ugly girl or man.”

I like women, especially beautiful ones. If they have a good face and figure, I would much prefer to watch them being murdered than an ugly girl or man.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Paradise is too perfect for humanity.”

Paradise is too perfect for humanity.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors.”

Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I used a Luma crane, a wounderful device; it makes the camera able to go anywhere. It was also used on Friday the 13th Part 3.”

I used a Luma crane, a wounderful device; it makes the camera able to go anywhere. It was also used on Friday the 13th Part 3.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “You must push everything to the absolute limit or else life will be boring.”

You must push everything to the absolute limit or else life will be boring.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I wanted something new, the supernatural. The witch, the sorcerer, I love this. I love the films of the witch and sorcerers and magic, its wonderful!”

I wanted something new, the supernatural. The witch, the sorcerer, I love this. I love the films of the witch and sorcerers and magic, its wonderful!

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I like to watch many things, especially strange films and something recent, not just the story.”

I like to watch many things, especially strange films and something recent, not just the story.

— Dario Argento



Dario Argento Quote: “I think the camera was always my obsession, the camera movements. Because for me it’s the most important thing in the move, the camera, because without the camera, film is just a stage or television – nothing.”

I think the camera was always my obsession, the camera movements. Because for me it’s the most important thing in the move, the camera, because without the camera, film is just a stage or television – nothing.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.”

Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I also don’t like films that are made just to make money, no this kind of film I don’t like.”

I also don’t like films that are made just to make money, no this kind of film I don’t like.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “My life and career is my own adventure.”

My life and career is my own adventure.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “The Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film, no hope, no love.”

The Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film, no hope, no love.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “If you don’t like my movies, don’t watch them.”

If you don’t like my movies, don’t watch them.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Without psychology, the horror film doesn’t exist.”

Without psychology, the horror film doesn’t exist.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Fear has disappeared. No more fear. In Asia, it is different. They’ve discovered again the fear and the psychology of the characters. Without psychology, the horror film doesn’t exist.”

Fear has disappeared. No more fear. In Asia, it is different. They’ve discovered again the fear and the psychology of the characters. Without psychology, the horror film doesn’t exist.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Theres nothing gratuitous about my films.”

Theres nothing gratuitous about my films.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Americans are very enthusiastic. We have a new generation of moviegoers who love great horror films. I am a very imaginative man, and for me, it’s easy to speak with my dark side. I have very beautiful, interesting nightmares.”

Americans are very enthusiastic. We have a new generation of moviegoers who love great horror films. I am a very imaginative man, and for me, it’s easy to speak with my dark side. I have very beautiful, interesting nightmares.

— Dario Argento



Dario Argento Quote: “Each film I make changes me in some way. When I start the picture I’m one person and by the time I finish I’m another.”

Each film I make changes me in some way. When I start the picture I’m one person and by the time I finish I’m another.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Maybe when I stop making movies, I’ll understand my work better.”

Maybe when I stop making movies, I’ll understand my work better.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.”

I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “The psychiatrists examine you and ask you about your life and work, and then they decide whether your film can be shown or not. It’s a horrible experience.”

The psychiatrists examine you and ask you about your life and work, and then they decide whether your film can be shown or not. It’s a horrible experience.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe.”

When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “To try and raise a budget for a film that is strictly for adults and both strong and graphic in content is not easy, especially when there is pressure to spend serious money on good special effects.”

To try and raise a budget for a film that is strictly for adults and both strong and graphic in content is not easy, especially when there is pressure to spend serious money on good special effects.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I’ve been lucky enough to have had the luxury of being able to make the picture I’ve wanted to make each time on my own terms and without compromise.”

I’ve been lucky enough to have had the luxury of being able to make the picture I’ve wanted to make each time on my own terms and without compromise.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “My daughter, Asia, has been in many of my movies. I love working with her. In the beginning, I was not supportive of her being an actress, but now I think she is fantastic.”

My daughter, Asia, has been in many of my movies. I love working with her. In the beginning, I was not supportive of her being an actress, but now I think she is fantastic.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.”

Then I realized my early work did have something special that audiences adored apart from what I humbly thought about them. They occupy a distinguished niche in Italian film history and probably always will.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “In each of my characters there is a little of me. Not strictly autobiographical but a little piece of my soul.”

In each of my characters there is a little of me. Not strictly autobiographical but a little piece of my soul.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place.”

But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “This is my life – I want to tell stories. There is something huge inside me that pushes me to tell stories, and tell stories for an audience and everybody.”

This is my life – I want to tell stories. There is something huge inside me that pushes me to tell stories, and tell stories for an audience and everybody.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it’s natural to feel an affinity with insanity. I approach that madness as something dangerous, and I’m afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see what’s there, to embrace it. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn.”

The process of writing and directing drives you to such extremes that it’s natural to feel an affinity with insanity. I approach that madness as something dangerous, and I’m afraid, but also I want to go to it, to see what’s there, to embrace it. I don’t know why, but I’m drawn.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I’m Dario Argento, and my style is something recognizable I think by the audience.”

I’m Dario Argento, and my style is something recognizable I think by the audience.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “When I see a film I’ve finished, it’s like another person made it. Like another mind.”

When I see a film I’ve finished, it’s like another person made it. Like another mind.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “If you make a film normally it’s all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that’s a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it’s a struggle with them.”

If you make a film normally it’s all right, the distributors are helpful and cooperative. But if you make a film that’s a little stange, a little bizarre, then all the time it’s a struggle with them.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “It irritated me that my fans kept wanting me to retread old ground.”

It irritated me that my fans kept wanting me to retread old ground.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I like films to have something inside, I don’t mean a message, I mean something from the soul.”

I like films to have something inside, I don’t mean a message, I mean something from the soul.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “But you know, as you say, the original versions of my films are getting out there, slowly.”

But you know, as you say, the original versions of my films are getting out there, slowly.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “It’s incredible that they censor films. It’s sad.”

It’s incredible that they censor films. It’s sad.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “When I was five. That’s when I started to love film.”

When I was five. That’s when I started to love film.

— Dario Argento


Dario Argento Quote: “I want to do what I want when I want to do it not be dictated to by audiences.”

I want to do what I want when I want to do it not be dictated to by audiences.

— Dario Argento

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