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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 ... Music Student
James Fleetwood James Fleetwood ... Cook
Rosario Rigutini Rosario Rigutini ... Man
Ryan Hilliard ... Shadow
Paolo Paoloni ... Music Teacher
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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Master of horror Dario Argento brings you terror that;s hotter than hell! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

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

The film was shot in three months. See more »

Goofs

When Marks finds a hole in the floor, when the cat jumps in the hole, a human hand can be seen grabbing the cat under the floor when it lands in the hole. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: The Three Mothers rule the world with sorrow, tears and darkness. Mater Suspiriorum, the Mother of Sighs, and the oldest of the three, lives in Freiburg. Mater Lachrymarum, the Mother of Tears, and the most beautiful of the sisters, holds rule in Rome. Mater Tenebrarum, the Mother of Darkness, who is the youngest and cruelest of the three, controls New York.
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Alternate Versions

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 it's 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Nightmare (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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"The second key is hidden in the cellar."
30 December 2004 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

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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