Inferno

Foregoing conventional logic for pure nightmare dreamscape, Inferno finds director Dario Argento at the top of his game, and is the second film in his “Three Mothers” trilogy (directly following Suspiria.) An American college student in Rome (Leigh McCloskey, frequent soap opera heartthrob and star of the infamous TV movie Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn) is called to New York to help his poet sister investigate the mysterious & supernatural history of her building. The threadbare plot serves as a springboard for some of Argento’s wildest set pieces (the underwater ballroom!), most imaginative use of light and color, and continued exploration of visual alchemy propelled by a raging soundtrack (this time by Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson). Featuring the final collaborative work of Italian grandmaster Mario Bava, Inferno is easily one of the most beautiful films in the Video Nasties canon — so don’t miss it loud ‘n large in 35mm!
Dir. Dario Argento, 1980, 35mm, 107 min.

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