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Actors: Irene Miracle, Alida Valli, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Gabriele Lavia, Veronica Lazar
Director: Dario Argento
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Dario Argento's sequel to Suspiria, his first and to date only American hit, is an even more incoherent nightmare fantasy. Laden with symbolic imagery and fantastic explosions of death shot in candy-colored hues, it's a bl... more »
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 9/16/2009...
Inferno is the second chapter in Dario Argento's "Three Mother's Trilogy". The first was Suspiria and the concluding chapter is the newer Mother of Tears. In this movie, a young woman living in a strange building in New York City buys a book on alchemy. Shortly, she has the feeling she is being stalked and finds a sunken mauseleum in her buildings basement. She contacts her brother in Italy, who is also having strange visions and encounters. Soon, a plague of murders begins and Mark, the brother, goes to New York to talk to his missing sister. When he arrives at the building he is drawn into the intrigues that surround the edifice of corruption.
While it's predecesor is widely praised as being one of Argento's masterpieces for it's oddd, jangling music and surreal film quality, I find this one is overlooked unjustly. This entire movie has a dreamy, claustrophobic feeling that is more oppressive in my estimation than Suspiria had. And the surreal sunken room sequence (orchestrated by Mario Bava, by the way) has to be one of the best scenes in any Argento film.
The next section may have some spoilers, so if you're not interested, don't read any further...
This episode of the Mother's trilogy focues on Mother Tenebrarum, the Mother of Darkeness. The imprisoned Suspiriorum escaped at the conclusion of Suspiria, and now Tenebrarum wants to make her exit as well. And she is far more brutal that Mater Suspiriorum. Where as Mater Suspiriorum only wreaks havoc on a scale large enough to effect her escape and focuses on the witches who use her, Tenebrarum is hostile to start with and will kill anyone who falls in her path. I'm not sure where the story goes from here, but the ending left it open for a final confrontation with the hero, Mark, Mater Lacrymarum, and the alchemists who imprisoned the Three Mothers to start with.
If you have seen and liked any of Argento's 1970/1980's masterpieces, you'll love this one as well.
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Argento at his most barking mad!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my own favourite Argento movie, but if you try and work out the plot it will drive you nuts. It's best viewed as a dark and incredibly gory fairytale and companion-piece to Suspiria. Irene Miracle becomes curious about the history of the old New York mansion block where she lives. Big mistake, but oh forget the logic. Just lap up the marvellous set-pieces: a swim through an underwater apartment (why is it flooded? don't even ask!), a witchy teenager and a cat who materialise during a music tutorial, a slasher murder set to the Slave's Chorus from Nabucco, a rat attack in Central Park - I could go on but see it for yourself. The soundtrack is an audacious blend of Verdi and - wait for it - Keith Emerson. Sheer bliss."
Great Soundtrack! Great film!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The soundtrack - it's Nabucco by Verdi alternating with Keith Emerson, who at one point does a twangy modern rock version of the famous Slave's Chorus, Va Pensiero! This is a film of magical, atmospheric and occasionally very gory set-pieces rather than any logical narrative, so anyone looking for a pacy plot where everything is explained at the end will be severely disappointed. The story deals with the second of the Three Mothers first mentioned in Suspiria and flits between New York, where a young woman discovers that the Art Deco apartment block where she lives harbours a deep, dark secret, and Rome, where her brother is a music student who is blissfully unaware that he and his friends are about to enter a world of pain. Watching it is like being immersed in a deliciously scary nightmare where you never quite understand what's going on."
Hypnotic, stylish, atmospheric horror masterpiece
J from NY | New York | 10/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dario Argento has made some of the most captivating, brilliant horror movies I have ever seen, and I absolutely love and devour horror movies, old and new. "Inferno" is no exception; it holds your attention from start to finish, and if you weren't fascinated by it, you have to be a pretty dull person. So the plot is not crystal clear,who cares? Argento has never specialized in the plot department. But, contrary to what many people think, Argento's movies DO have substance are not just fanciful exercises in style. Argento, more than any horror director I've ever seen, evokes a sense of the marvelous and otherworldly:his films point away from the commonplace, the ordinary, and push us in the direction of the unknown. Half the people who bash this movie probably couldn't take their eyes off it while it was actually playing. True, some of the dialogue is ludicrous and the scene at the end with the 'grim reaper' was absurd, but the sheer magic and intrigue of the movie make its flaws unimportant. Argento is to horror cinema what Lovecraft, Poe or Kafka are to horror literature. I find it hard to believe that the 'fans' who dismiss this movie because of qualms they have over it 'not making sense' or the incomprehensible nature of the plot were Argento fans to begin with: the premise of the movie is neither more nor less ludicrous than the plots of his other movies. Argento's work is not meant to be logically coherent or rational, but to penetrate the mystical, shadowy side of existence. You will never see a more visually stunning or visionary horror movie. Don't just rent this movie, buy it."