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Inferno (1980)

 -  Horror  -  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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Eleonora Giorgi ...
Sara
Daria Nicolodi ...
Elise Stallone Van Adler
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)
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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 ...
Cook
Rosario Rigutini ...
Man
Ryan Hilliard ...
Shadow
Paolo Paoloni ...
Music Teacher
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Storyline

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 killed 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 <scottandrewh@home.com>

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2 April 1980 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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The film's story was apparently inspired by Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad (1961) [Last year at Marienbad]. See more »

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When Marks finds a hole in the floor, when the cat jumps in the hole, a human hand can be seen grabbing the cat under the floor when it lands in the hole. See more »

Quotes

Sara: Have you ever heard of the Three Sisters?
Carlo: You mean those black singers?
Sara: No, I'm talking about mythology.
Carlo: Hold on, if you're talking about spooks and stuff, I don't believe in any of that.
Sara: How can you be so sure?
Carlo: I don't believe in such things, that's all, and without any philosophical discussion.
Sara: Then what do you believe in?
Carlo: In whatever I can see and touch.
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Mater Tenebrarum
Composed by Keith Emerson'
Keyboards by Keith Emerson'
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Argento is a Genius
9 February 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Out of all of the horror films I have seen, there have one been a few that I found truely frightening. Suspiria and Inferno were among the few. The Cinematagraphy and the music in these films is extraordinary. I know a lot of regular film goers, people who take courses on analyzing films, I do by the way, and they love Argento's work. I see some reviews here bad mouthing the plot and the poor acting in Inferno. While I admit the actors are not spectacular the plot is there, it is simply not what you normally see. This is NOT a Hollywood film, this is not a plot driven film, like a lot of Argento films, this film's plot is more like the plot of a Nightmare. This IS a horror film and it IS very frightening and very well made. I am getting sick of all the Hollywood remakes myself, like this recent film "Decoys", while I have not seen this film, it looks like a Hollywood version of David Cronenberg's Rabid. But that's another subject. I recommend any Argento film to anyone also sick of the Hollywood films.


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