Inferno (1980)
Front Cover Actor
Leigh McCloskey Mark Elliot
Irene Miracle Rose Elliot
Eleonora Giorgi Sara
Daria Nicolodi Elise Stallone Van Adler
Sacha Pitoeff Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Alida Valli Carol, the caretaker
Veronica Lazar The Nurse
Gabriele Lavia Carlo
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Professor Arnold/Dr. Varelli (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Leopoldo Mastelloni John, the Butler
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Horror; Mystery
Director Dario Argento
Producer Claudio Argento
Writer Dario Argento
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 107 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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 bloody feast for the eyes. Mark (Leigh McCloskey), an American music student in Rome, rushes home to New York after a frantic phone call from his sister only to find an empty apartment and obscure clues about a supernatural presence in her spooky building. It all has something to do with the mysterious Mater Tenebrarum, one of the "Three Mothers" of Argento's murky mythology, and the fun house of an apartment house she inhabits, complete with a fully furnished underwater ballroom, miles of secret tunnels flooded in red and blue light, and hidden passageways under the floorboards. Meanwhile, there's a killer running around stabbing beautiful women for who knows what reason, a crippled bookseller attacked by rats, and a homicidal hot-dog vendor in Central Park. Why? It's best not to ponder such mysteries--Argento obviously isn't as concerned with making sense of his meticulously staged murders as he is with lighting them with just the right hue. Dramatically it's inert, a parade of quirky but faceless victims dispatched with elaborate care, but it's beautifully designed and executed, a spectacle of elaborate set pieces and magnificent decor orchestrated with a complete disdain for narrative logic.
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 46
In Collection Yes
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 013131106893
Release Date 4/25/2000
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen
Links
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