But it does something as well as, if not better than, anything in his oeuvre: it goes all the way." Scooter Mc Crae of Fangoria was extremely enthusiastic about the film, and said that "Mother of Tears is a great movie, and well worth the wait. Oh yeah, but so do Tenebrae, Phenomena, Suspiria and Inferno, and they're now all part of the accepted canon of classic Argento cinema."s Steve Biodrowski also felt the film was worthy of praise, noting that "the experience of watching Mother of Tears is like a delirious descent into primordial chaos, where the powers of darkness hold sway...As a long-awaited coda to Argento's "Three Mothers" trilogy, [it] may not be exactly what was expected, but it is perfectly satisfying resolution...."Argento has noted that he is dismissive of critical reaction, saying that "the critics don't understand very well.This was followed by a limited theatrical run in June courtesy of Myriad Pictures and a DVD release by The Weinstein Company via Dimension Extreme DVDs on 23 September 2008.
The sequel, Inferno, developed the overarching plot continuities concerning the three central witches when released in 1980.
The Cannes promo reel was also screened during Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors East Coast convention in Secaucus, New Jersey on 1 July at pm In late August, an American trailer for the film was screened at the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear.
The film had its US premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 25 April 2008.
Other tentative cast members were Chiara Caselli as a psychiatrist, Max von Sydow as a mysterious university professor, and Giordano Petri as a young investigator who takes the case when Fantastichini's character is killed.
However, in early 2006 rumors circulated that Argento had dismissed Anderson and Gierasch after being displeased with their script.