|INFERNO (director/writer: Dario Argento; cinematographer: Romano Albani; editor: Franco Fraticelli; music: Keith Emerson/Godfrey Salmon; cast: Leigh McCloskey (Mark Elliott), Irene Miracle (Rose Elliott), Eleonora Giorgi (Sara), Daria Nicolodi (Elise Van Adler), Sacha Pitoeff (Kazanian), Leopoldo Mastelloni (Butler), Feodor Chaliapin (Varelli), Alida Valli (Carol), Veronica Lazar (Nurse); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Claudio Argento; Anchor Bay (20th Century-Fox); 1980-Italy)|
|"The narrative is incoherent, but
the film's visual richness sustains it."
by Dennis Schwartz
second of a Dario Argento ("Dawn of the
Dead"/"Deep Red"/"Giallo") trilogy is a sequel to "Suspira." The
third film to follow was called "Mother of Tears
(2007)." The narrative is incoherent, but the film's
visual richness sustains it.
cult writer-director begins his weird gothic horror
pic in NYC. The young poet Rose (Irene
Miracle) has rented a gothic apartment in a
mysterious building overlooking Central Park
designed by an alchemist named Varelli.
Interested in the building's history, Rose purchases
from the crippled bookseller (Sacha
Pitoeff) the book the architect wrote, entitled
The Three Mothers. From the book she's made aware
that two similar buildings were built in Rome
and Frieberg, Germany. The buildings
are named after the Mothers of Whispers,
Darkness, and Tears, supposedly evil supernatural
beings who rule the Earth. Rose seeks help in
her research with the impending arrival from Rome of
Unfortunately for Rose, living in the Manhattan
building that's called the house of Darnkess, she's
soon brutally knifed to death. It's left to Mark to
investigate her murder and deal with all the occult
riddles and further murders attached to the building.
down with illogical subplots and further sunk by bad
acting, the pic left me confused. But its weirdness
and eerie atmospheric setting still intrigued me. Even
if it's a lesser Argento pic, it's still as stylish as
ever. It relishes showing plenty of rats, a bag of
cats, and an underwater chamber stacked with corpses
cult director Mario Bava, who died in 1980, is
credited with the FX. Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake
and Palmer did the magical score.
REVIEWED ON 7/29/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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