Inferno (1980)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  2 April 1980 (USA)
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An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleonora Giorgi ...
Daria Nicolodi ...
Elise Stallone Van Adler
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Carol, the caretaker
Veronica Lazar ...
Gabriele Lavia ...
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Professor Arnold / Dr. Varelli (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Leopoldo Mastelloni ...
John, the Butler
Ania Pieroni ...
James Fleetwood ...
Rosario Rigutini ...
Ryan Hilliard ...
Music Teacher


Young poetess Rose Elliot buys a book from a local antique dealer, a diary in Latin of an architect, E. Varelli. She learns of the Three Mothers, and believes her apartment building is one of their houses. She pleads her brother Mark, who is studying musicology in Rome, to come, because she is afraid. Mark's friend Sara reads her letter, which he left behind in class, and discovers the school is run by the Mater Lacrimarum, and is murdered for this knowledge. The house of Mater Suspiriorum has already been destroyed, and by the time Mark arrives in New York City, he is investigating his sister's murder. Written by Scott Hutchins <>

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Release Date:

2 April 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dario Argento's Inferno  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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| (heavily cut)

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(Dolby Stereo) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)| (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For some of the exterior location shoots in Italy footage of New York City, skyscrapers were superimposed in the background to make it appear like the film's New York City setting. See more »


During the cat attack, a human hand can be seen throwing some cats at the actress. See more »


Kazanian: There are mysterious parts in that book, but the only true mystery is that our very lives are governed by dead people.
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Referenced in Hagan Reviews: The Screwfly Solution See more »


Va' pensiero...
(from opera "Nabucco")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi'
Performed by Orchestra Sinfonica della Radiotelevisione Italiana (as Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Radio Televisione Italiana)
Chorus master by Gaetano Riccitelli
Conducted by Fernando Previtali
Courtesy of Fonit Cetra
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A Masterpiece of a sequel!
19 December 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Beautiful and chilling follow-up to Argento's classic Suspiria (1977) is an underrated film and one that Argento himself declares to be his 'purest' work!

Music student receives troubling news from his sister and travels to New York, where he discovers sinister evils at work.

Many critics have said that this film lacks sense in the storyline, but it's actually a more coherent story than they would have you think. The story does evoke a dark world of its own, taught with suspense and a touch of the surreal. Naturally, the greatest thing about this film is of course Argento's wonderful style! Agrento again flairs his colorful direction with excellent camera work, lavish uses of color and lighting, unique set pieces, and an atmosphere of sheer terror! Keith Emerson also lends a hand with his dramatic and stunning music score.

The cast is great, attractive leads McCloskey, Miracle, and Giorgi being the best.

For Argento fans, Inferno is everything you could want! It packs all the delightful trademark style we have come to love from this great director. It won't be for all tastes, but genre fans may just find it to be a truly colorful and chilling gem!

**** out of ****

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