Dario Argento is one of my favorite horror directors. When I was a child, my parents took me to see "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage," at the movies and it was terrifying in 1969. Suspiria is my favorite Argento film, followed closely by Deep Red and Tenebre, but since they aren't available to stream in good quality, I think Inferno will do in a pinch. It's the second of Dario's "The Three Mothers" trilogy.
Argento often cast American actors to star in his all Italian productions and the results were fantastic, both on film and at the box office.
"Inferno" is the one Argento film that I haven't seen yet, but the video quality looks very good.
As in most of Argento’s films, the indulgence of artwork and Renaissance-inspired scenery is breathtaking, and the storybook elements that begin the film very effectively establish the fantasy aspects of the narrative. From there, the mystery truly takes hold, as we follow multiple characters down the path of madness and morbidity. The story does get convoluted at times, especially as more and more people learn about the Three Mothers before subsequently biting the dust, but overall, INFERNO is Argento at his most stylistically brilliant—and, in some ways, even restrained in terms of the information he chooses to reveal. As a result, there are even certain characters whose fate is left ambiguous—a shocking development in an Argento movie.
Overall, INFERNO is a seminal Argento film that’s absolutely worthy of your attention, no matter what breed of horror fan you may be. It’s a classically constructed chiller that delivers when it needs to, providing blood, guts and often genuine fright, and the sensory satisfaction provided by its design and composition justifies at least one watch on its own. Among the films in FANGORIA’s Hulu catalog, it’s a strong starting point, especially if you crave vintage Eurohorror in crisp, lush digital definition.
What chiller movies do you plan to see or recommend for the New Year?