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Inferno (1980)

R | | Horror | 2 April 1980 (USA)
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.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writer:

Dario Argento (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh McCloskey ... Mark Elliot
Irene Miracle ... Rose Elliot
Eleonora Giorgi ... Sara
Daria Nicolodi ... Elise De Longvalle Adler
Sacha Pitoëff ... Kazanian (as Sacha Pitoeff)
Alida Valli ... Carol, the caretaker
Veronica Lazar ... The Nurse / Mater Tenebrarum
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Professor Arnold / Dr. Varelli (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Leopoldo Mastelloni Leopoldo Mastelloni ... John, the Butler
Ania Pieroni ... Musical Student
James Fleetwood James Fleetwood ... Cook
Rosario Rigutini Rosario Rigutini ... Man
Ryan Hilliard ... Shadow
Paolo Paoloni ... Music Teacher
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Storyline

Three years after the incident of the dance academy in "Suspiria", a new group of people are being watched in a New York City apartment building by a mysterious and evil force hell bent on revenge! When young poetess Rose Elliot finds out too much about the place (via an ancient book called "The Three Mothers"), she gets beheaded! The only person to stop the killings and uncover the secrets is her brother Mark, a music student in Rome. As he solves the puzzle, the murders get intense, and the demonic evil starts to reveal itself. As the unstoppable horror spreads from Rome to New York City, this unholy trinity must be stopped before the world is submerged in the blood of the innocent. Written by <alex-dombrowski@student.bcc.ctc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Come face to face with hell See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

2 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inferno See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Produzioni Intersound See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Dolby Stereo) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)| 3 Channel Stereo (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

English film critic Kim Newman once called Inferno the most underrated horror film of the 1980s. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Kazanian is investigating a noise in his shop, he is shown reaching towards the table closest to him. As he's reaching down, his right crutch falls from under his arm. However, in the next mid-shot of him backing towards the bookshelf behind him, the right crutch is just starting to fall from under his arm. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Edited into Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Va' pensiero...
(from opera "Nabucco")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi'
Performed by Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (as Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Radio Televisione Italiana)
Chorus master by Gaetano Riccitelli
Conducted by Fernando Previtali
Courtesy of Fonit Cetra
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Argento is a Genius
9 February 2004 | by ShmraSee 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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