Inferno

Two siblings investigate a series of killings.

 

Italy
1980
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Wizard Film
Animals: 
Cat
Rat
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Wizards: 
Transmuter
Necromancer
5.04
Infernal!
6
3.04
6
6
2
2
3
Ambiance
Dialogue
Editing
Inferno has a lot in common with Suspiria, the previous film in this franchise. It has the same red and blue lighting constantly reminding us that we are assisting to a total mindfuck. Writer and director Dario Argento manages to bring back some of Suspiria’s aura but the radical switch from prog group Goblin to progressive rocker Keith Emerson for the score takes its toll on the ambiance.
Suspiria was bombastic and it makes Inferno look like it’s holding back. The film is split in halves; the first is a solo quest with an abrupt ending, the second a collaborative procedural. Inferno can arguably be categorized, like its predecessor, as a supernatural Giallo. Those who have seen Suspiria know what they’re getting themselves into. These films are unique, to say the least.
This movie is many things but it isn't predictable. It is gory, bizarre, contains scenes right out of a dream, though its characters are very much awake. If nonsensical scenarios annoy you, then you might want to avoid this film and the previous one. But if Italian directors, their saturated lighting and their artsy touch rub you the right way, by all mean rent or buy Inferno.
Alternate Titles: 
Dario Argento's Inferno
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