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Inferno -- The tenants of a Manhattan apartment are terrorized by deadly spirits.

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Dario Argento (story)
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2 April 1980 (USA) See more »
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Terror that's hotter than hell! See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of My Favorite Dario Argento's Movies, With an Intriguing and Frightening Story and Great Atmosphere See more (111 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
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)
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Color (Technicolor)
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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:
For the scene where Kazanian carries the bag of 'cats' into Central Park a mechanical device was placed inside the bag to make it move, giving the impression that there were actually live animals inside.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Towards the beginning, when the character played by Irene Miracle is swimming through the lost cellar room, she clearly is not wearing a bra; however, a few minutes later, after surfacing and returning to the building lobby, you can see that a bra has magically appeared under her dress.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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Soundtrack:
Mater TenebrarumSee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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37 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One of My Favorite Dario Argento's Movies, With an Intriguing and Frightening Story and Great Atmosphere, 5 April 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In New York, the poetess Rose Elliot (Irene Miracle) reads an ancient book called "The Three Mothers" that she bought in the bookseller and antique Kazanian close to her building. The architect and alchemist E. Varelli, who tells that had designed and built three buildings for three mothers,in Rome, New York and Freiburg, wrote an impressive story in London. These threes wicked mothers, called Mater Suspiriorum (the oldest one), Mater Lachrymarum (the most beautiful) and Mater Tenebrarum (the youngest and cruelest), intended to rule the world with sorrow, tears and darkness. In accordance with the book, there are three keys, each one of them hidden in one building. Rose realizes that she lives in one of the buildings, and decides to look for the second hidden key in the cellar. From this moment on, weird things happen to her and she decides to write a letter to her brother Mark Elliot (Leigh McCloskey), a student of musicology in Rome, and asks him to visit her in New York. Mark never meets his sister and finds who the three mothers are indeed.

This is the beginning of "Inferno", one of my favorite Dario Argento's movies, with an intriguing and frightening story and great atmosphere. There are many flaws in the screenplay; the characters are not well developed, so their motives are not clear; and there are lacks of explanations for many events, so the viewer does not understand why the evil mothers attack the characters of the story, but anyway it is a cult Gothic movie. With some improvements in the screenplay, this movie would be a masterpiece classic. I have already seen this scary movie four times in a VHS I have recorded a couple of years ago from cable TV, and unfortunately it has not been released on VHS or DVD in Brazil. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mansão do Inferno" ("The Mansion of the Hell")

Note: On June 23rd, 2009, I saw this movie for the fifth time in an imported DVD.

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