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 ...
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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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Before tenebrae, beyond suspiria there is... See more »


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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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(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?


The name of the second-hand shop was "Kazanian Antiques". See more »


The scene at Central Park takes place during a lunar eclipse. However, the eclipse mimics the aesthetic characteristics of a solar eclipse with the Moon being completely blacked out, surrounded by a corona, just as if something had moved between Earth and Moon. However a real lunar eclipse doesn't appear to be pitch black but as a dark reddish layer and there certainly isn't a corona which is a feature of the sun. See more »


[Reading from "The Three Mothers", by E. Varelli]
Rose Elliot: I do not know what price I shall have to pay for breaking what we alchemists call Silentium, the life experiences of our colleagues should warn us not to upset laymen by imposing our knowledge upon them.
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Edited into Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000) See more »


Mater Tenebrarum
Composed by Keith Emerson'
Keyboards by Keith Emerson'
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Oh, Dario, you crazy crazy man.
27 January 2003 | by (Tampa, FL USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, here's the deal: If you need a coherent movie with an algebraic plot, skip this one. If you are interested in Dario Argento but haven't seen any of his films, start with something else. If you are a fan of Dario Argento, do yourself a favor and buy this one. Inferno is weird, makes no sense, but is a gorgeous horror film. I loved it.

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