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Inferno -- The tenants of a Manhattan apartment are terrorized by deadly spirits. They are decapitated, clawed to death by cats, burned, and attacked by a knife-wielding killer.

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Dario Argento (story)
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Release Date:
2 April 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Terror that's hotter than hell! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leigh McCloskey ... Mark Elliot

Irene Miracle ... Rose Elliot
Eleonora Giorgi ... Sara
Daria Nicolodi ... Elise Stallone Van Adler
Sacha Pitoëff ... Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)

Alida Valli ... Carol, the caretaker
Veronica Lazar ... The Nurse
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Professor Arnold / Dr. Varelli (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Leopoldo Mastelloni ... John, the Butler
Ania Pieroni ... Musical Student
James Fleetwood ... Cook
Rosario Rigutini ... Man
Ryan Hilliard ... Shadow

Paolo Paoloni ... Music Teacher
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Cabdriver
Luigi Lodoli ... Bookbinder
Rodolfo Lodi ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Gianni Macchia ... John (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
Dario Argento (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Salvatore Argento .... executive producer
Guglielmo Garroni .... executive producer (as William Garroni)
 
Original Music by
Keith Emerson 
 
Cinematography by
Romano Albani 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Art Direction by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco Cuppini 
Maurizio Garrone 
 
Costume Design by
Massimo Lentini 
 
Makeup Department
Luciana Maria Costanzi .... hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Andrew W. Garroni .... production manager
Angelo Iacono .... production manager (as Angelo Jacono)
Cesare Jacolucci .... unit manager
William Lustig .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Andrea Piazzesi .... second assistant director
Mario Bava .... second unit director (uncredited)
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Attilio Gizzi .... sound effects editor
Franco Groppioni .... sound engineer (as Francesco Groppioni)
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... boom operator
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Bava .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... gaffer
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer
Agostino Pascarella .... key grip
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Mario Bava .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mario Bava .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Keith Emerson .... music arranger (as Emerson)
Godfrey Salmon .... conductor
Godfrey Salmon .... music arranger (as Salmon)
Godfrey Salmon .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... underwater sequence (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Solly V. Bianco .... production administrator
Serena Canevari .... script supervisor (as Maria Serena Canevari)
Anna Maria Galvinelli .... production assistant
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Saverio Mangogna .... production assistant
Michela Prodan .... production assistant
Roberto Chevalier .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Leigh McCloskey (uncredited)
Vittorio Di Prima .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Sacha Pitoëff (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Veronica Lazar (uncredited)
Franco Odoardi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Feodor Chialiapin Jr. (uncredited)
Isabella Pasanisi .... voice dubbing: Italian dubbed version for Irene Miracle (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mario Bava .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
107 min | Germany:106 min | Sweden:102 min (heavily cut) | Italy:120 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (Dolby Stereo) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R) | 3 Channel Stereo (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1986) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 (original release) | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG (video rating, cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:X (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
When star Leigh McCloskey's stunt double broke his leg, McCloskey himself had to perform the stunt work for the film's explosive finale. In interviews, McCloskey said it was an intense experience as the rest of the crew and equipment were protected by multiple layers of Plexiglas while he had to run without protection through sets rigged to explode and burn. McCloskey said "When you feel glass flying by you like a Harrier jet, you never forget it!".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Sara:May I ask a strange question?
Mark Elliot:How strange?
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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric and visionary, 21 August 2002
Author: froboz from Uppsala, Sweden

'Inferno' is the kind of movie - like Gilliams 'Brazil' - where a few of us will leave the theater enriched by the experience, but there's also the sour-faced crowd dismissing it as the worst crap ever.

I came upon Argento's movies just recently, looking for good horror films. Now I've enjoyed Suspiria, Tenebre and Inferno. At first his original style came as a shock. I can understand those that, accustomed to hollywoodian narrative, find his movies to be full of faults. I wouldn't even recommend them if you're looking for 'ordinary', mainstream horror.

'Suspiria' reminded me of the 1933 'Vampyr' by danish director Carl Dreyer. 'Inferno' has echoes of German director Fritz Lang, for instance his 1933 The 'Testament of Doctor Mabuse'. Much of the Argento way of doing things has a silent movie era feel to it. The acting is visually exaggerated, and the dialogue is often wooden - the awful dubbing of english voices in the versions I saw added to this effect.

Argento makes different choices. The music, for instance, is not adding atmosphere as a soundtrack - it is a full frontal assault, meant to be noticed and impossible to ignore. The cinematic choices of camera angles, lightning and so on are stylish and unique in their unrelenting artistic ambition. I can't even begin to describe the style. Even if I mentioned Dreyer and Lang, Argento is more expressionist than impressionist, but for lack of good words I'll shut my mouth about this subject.

I have to defend Argento against the claims that 'Inferno' has an incoherent plot. It simply doesn't - the story is fairly straight and linear. The evil depicted is not rational, and we are often left in the dark as to the acts and motives of the evil forces. But this is part of the horror and suspense. I won't go into more details about the plot, as there are many excellent user comments here, and this is not really a review, just some comments.

Some parts of 'Inferno' are pure beauty - exact scenes, feeling more like a storyboard coming to life in the imagination than as a real movie. The design of the house of the second Mother is fascinating - modern and medieval at the same time.

Finally, some individual scenes are truly scaring, which is rare in horror movies - especially the underwater scene.







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