A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.

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Giulia
Antonella Vitale ...
Marion
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Signora Albertini
Antonino Iuorio ...
Baddini (as Antonio Juorio)
Carola Stagnaro ...
Alma's mother
Francesca Cassola ...
Alma
Maurizio Garrone ...
Maurizio, the raven trainer
Cristina Giachino ...
Maria, the assistant director
György Gyõriványi ...
Miro
Bjorn Hammer ...
Cop #1
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Storyline

A young opera singer (Betty) gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi's Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts, and becomes the target (in Argento's unmistakable style) of a psychopath - a man she has been dreaming of since childhood. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Rated R for strong terror and violence, and for a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The idea of the pins-under-the-eyes torture device came from a joke of Argento's. Argento said it would annoy him when people would look away during the scary scenes in his films. He would jokingly suggest taping pins under people's eyes so they couldn't look away from the film. It would late materialize on the screen for this film. See more »

Goofs

In the killer's POV shot entering the costume workshop, the camera and camera dolly are seen in a mirror on the right. See more »

Quotes

Marco: I think it's unwise to use movies as a guide for reality. Don't you, Inspector?
Inspector Alan Santini: Depends what you mean by reality.
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Balance
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not Dario's best, but better than most of it's type.
7 January 2000 | by (roanoke, va) – See all my reviews

Opera (the U.S. title is terror at the opera) is somewhat of a letdown after some of Dario's other movies like Phenomena, Tenebre, and Suspiria. (i still can't find Inferno anywhere.) it's one of those movies that has a great first half but midway through it's like someone started slowly letting the air out of the screenplay and logic.

the basic plot involves a beautiful opera singer who is being stalked by a deranged obsessed fan. this killer begins killing people close to her in a most unique fashion. he binds and gags her and tape tiny sharp pins under her eyelids so if she tries to close her eyes she'll gouge out her eyes. this forces her to watch while the killer murders her acquaintances in typically brutal and gory Argento fashion.

unfortunately, about midway through the film becomes sluggish and illogical. (this is especially directed towards the killer's motivations. i still haven't completely figured out why he's such a nut.) the ending especially come out of left field in the worst possible sense.

but, for about the first hour or so this is some of Dario's best filmmaking and the camera work is breathtaking. too bad it couldn't maintain it through to the end.

rating:7


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