A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer.
A young man tries to help a teenage European girl who escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.
Riddled with secret but horrid suspicion, the young American poet, Rose Elliot, writes to her brother and musicology student in Rome, Mark, about the startling findings in the dark and dank basement of her New York Art Deco apartment building. Pivoting around the cryptic knowledge hidden in the leather-bound book entitled "The Three Mothers", Rose is convinced that her aristocratic but damned abode is, in fact, an ancient coven for Mater Tenebrarum, the malevolent Mother of Darkness. Little by little, as the siblings delve deeper and deeper into the occult, a mysterious disappearance and an endless string of gruesome killings will bring Mark closer and closer to a surreal nightmare. Where do the long and shadowy corridors of Rose's building lead?Written by
The movie was released on home video in the United States in 1985 by Key Video (owned by 20th Century Fox) completely uncut with the running time of 107 minutes. However, the box featured a typo that listed the running time for the video to be 83 minutes. This error has led to the urban myth that Fox cut 25 minutes from the film for its American release. The Anchor Bay DVD release of Inferno is likewise the complete version of the film but with a new re-mastered widescreen transfer. See more »
Dario Argento's Inferno is full of that Argento flare that his fans love. You know what I'm talking about: beautiful set pieces, colorful imagery, and chock full of the red stuff. Inferno opens with a backstory on the Three Mothers. It actually made me dig Suspiria more now that there's some mythology surrounding it. It expands upon the elements of Suspiria and really does a good job of sucking the viewers who are familiar with Suspiria right in. It's too bad that somewhere along the way he lost me. It became a bit incoherent towards the end and the viewer is left with several questions. Will these questions be answered one day? Only Dario knows. I feel that I can't fully review the film because it is the middle of a story. Argento really needs to finish this trilogy. I'm not his biggest fan but I would like to know how the story ends and see what the final Mother has in store for us. If you enjoyed Suspiria, you should check out Inferno. But be prepared to be frustrated.
Note for genre buffs: Mario Bava shot the underwater scenes that are featured near the beginning of the film.
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