Saturday, August 20, 2011

Inferno (1980)

As I sat down enjoying some flicks last night, it was awesome to travel back to my youth and enjoy some decent giallo. My decision was the 1980 Dario Argento entry Inferno.  

Plot/ Semi-sequel to Suspiria has a American college student in Rome, and his sister in New York investigating a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Being the second movie in a series can be great or terrible, and I honestly feel this one falls somewhere in between. While not perfect, this flick has some great moments that make it a solid and chilling entry in the Argento’s world of the Three Mother’s.  The story, while vast and rather fluid, creates a world all its own, full of darkness. The casting, acting, and effects are solid. And as always, the flick features Argento’s timeless cinematography, color pallet and use of a dramatic score that transforms the mood into a gothic nightmare. Sure, the character development is lacking and some of the story is truly incoherent, but those flaws are easily overlooked. In the end, if you are a fan of Argento this is a must see. If not, check it out anyway, you will probably enjoy it.

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