Inferno (1980) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1980
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Dario Argento
  • Screenwriter:  Dario Argento
  • Cast & Crew: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi, Sacha Pitoëff, Alida Valli, Veronica Lazar, Gabriele Lavia, Feodor Chaliapin Jr, Leopoldo Mastelloni, Ania Pieroni, James Fleetwood, Rosario Rigutini, Ryan Hilliard, and Paolo Paoloni.

Inferno (1980) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Ronan = 7.5 / 10
  • IMDB = 6.7/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.9/10.

Inferno (1980) Synopsis:

Two sisters, with the help of the old occult book, figure out the locations of two covens of witches and decide to go and check them out to see if the book says true.

Inferno (1980) Review:

Three years after the success of his masterpiece Suspiria, Dario Argento’s decided to follow up on the witches’ theme and came up with this strangely similar movie. The plot of both movies seems similar at first, but whereas Suspiria let you wonder what/who commits the murders, in Inferno you know right from the start that there will be witches involved. Nevertheless, the movie keeps a part of mystery by letting you wondering who they are. In that, it remains in the style of Argento’s other Giallo movies.

The atmosphere is incredibly heavy. Thereee is a lot of work done on the color, black and red being two overwhelming tones in the movie. The opera music also helps to transform simple action scenes into truly dramatic deaths. All this gives a very interesting gothic touch to the film. Talking about the death, I found them strangely “unequal”; by that, I mean that some are simple suggestions of knife stabs whereas others, such as the rat or the guillotine ones, are very long, elaborated and really gruesome murders.

As for the acting, it is one of the best in all of Argento’s movies. The presence of Alida Valli, the dreadful witch in Suspiria, is definitely helping to that.

In conclusion, Inferno is a very beautiful film, something that helps to compensate for the rather thin storyline. Maybe the drawback of this movie is that it is a little too long for what it has to say. Still, it remains among my favorite Argento’s horror, along with Suspiria, Opera, and Tenebrae.

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