Inferno ★★★½

Less visually gorgeous than Suspiria, but somewhat more intriguing from a plot standpoint, this confirms what I was pretty sure I liked about Argento--His unique, mystical, and very transporting aesthetic. This film follows a pretty stereotypical horror playbook in some ways, with the repetitive structure centered on people dying one by one being the most obvious, but it infuses the proceedings with a heady sense of mystery and supernatural elements that make it an intriguing and singular film. The feeling of dread Argento can build with just camera movement is impressive, but his ethereal images and focus on totemic objects (books and keys) and ethereal terrors (the chorus that strikes up during the most outlandish moments) are what make this film worth seeing.

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