Inferno (1980)

Dario Argento directs Irene Miracle, Leigh McCloskey and Eleonora Giorgi in this sorta sequel to Suspiria set in New York.

Not the best giallo in the world. Basically a series of Final Destination style curse deaths but viewed through Argento’s vivid lighting, otherworldly set design and manic score. That makes this often random mess sound better than it is. The mystery is nearly always impenetrable, and the most shocking moments of violence are either just too surreal or nauseating. The rat attack set piece involving a walking on water hamburger cook has to be seen to believed but best forgotten once experienced. A master of horror goes slightly tone death modulating his histrionic house style. Seen as that, in Inferno we have a forgivable curio.

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