INFERNO (1980)
1980, 20th Century Fox, 106 min, Italy, Dir: Dario Argento

Originally unreleased in the U.S., this was the second part of a never-finished trilogy (with SUSPIRIA) about the Three Mothers, who rule the world with "sorrow, darkness and tears." Here, Argento delights in the orchestration of elements -- bloody hands on curtains, dusty volumes of arcane knowledge -- transforming INFERNO’s apartment building into a demonic theatrical tableaux. “Argento’s world is a lushly horrific one, painted with broad stripes of lurid color, housed in labyrinthian mansions and peopled by beings whose senses quiver and tense at the evils ordinary humans can’t perceive.” - Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly.


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