Inferno

Inferno ★★★★

This was my third time watching this one and I'm still not in love with it. I absolutely adore so many things about it - the lighting, the sets, many of the setpieces, Keith Emerson's score, and, of course, the cats - but it just doesn't come together as well as a lot of Argento's earlier and later films do.

I think part of the problem is just how fractured the plot is. The main plot thread doesn't really kick off until about 45 minutes into the film. The first sequence in New York and the second in Italy rank as two of Argento's best setpieces, but the film just grinds to a halt when the main character takes over and the film essentially turns into a bit of a rehash of Suspiria, but with the great Jessica Harper replaced with a not-so-great generic Argento giallo male lead.

In short, I like this film more each time I watch it, but it just doesn't come together as well as Deep Red, Suspiria, or Tenebrae do.

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