Young poetess Rose Elliot buys a book from a local antique dealer, a diary in Latin of an architect, E. Varelli. She learns of the Three Mothers, and believes her apartment building is one of their houses. She pleads her brother Mark, who is studying musicology in Rome, to come, because she is afraid. Mark’s friend Sara reads her letter, which he left behind in class, and discovers the school is run by the Mater Lacrimarum, and is killed for this knowledge. The house of Mater Suspiriorum has already been destroyed, and by the time Mark arrives in New York City, he is investigating his sister’s murder.

  • Angel of the living dead

    it took me 3 times to try to watch this movie but i couldn’t get in too it
    i was so fucking bored and waiting for something to happen, but after the 3rd try i watched it and loved it i think this is the kinda movie you have to be a certain kinda mood to see it
    the reason i couldn’t get in to it the 1st time becuase i was waiting for Suspiria type music to play thought the whole movie but it didn’t come so i got pissed but when just started to pay attention i got really in to it and i liked it and it has a really bad ass death scene with rats that made me love this movie a hell of alot!

  • SamuelRisenhoover

    I think this film gets a lot of negative review, only, due to its post date of one of the best horror films ever made, “Suspiria.” Although, this seems to be a little overbearing. I, infact, think that “Inferno” is one of the best sequels that have been filmed in a horror series. Inferno maintains the all of the dreamlike coloration, editing, and storyline of Suspiria. Actually, I even found it to be a bit more visually abstract than it’s predecesor. I will admitt, even for an Argento film, the acting isn’t nearly up to par, but this is supposed to be something thats secondary to the plot devices. I really appreciated this film and hold it in the same regard I do Suspiria. Both of these films are miles ahead of his last installment to the three mothers trilogy, “La Terza Madre.” Give it a shot for yourself and dodge the negative hype on this one, I thuroughly enjoyed Inferno.

  • downward_spiral

    Not the best out of the 3 Mothers trilogy but still a very good sequel.

  • Slaser Maniac

    The second Best of “The Three Mothers” trilogy. Even though Superia is a good movie, If this movie didn’t have all the killing that Susperia didn’t, Then susperia would be better. This movie had you guessing on who was the witch and what would be happening.

  • Dead_Scream

    Sure, this movie made me gasp at some parts (such as the old man screaming for help while rats are attacking him) but it also made me go “WTF” during other parts (such as some random hot dog vendor running up to that old man being attacked by rats and killing him). I was disappointed by the ending, too. Instead of Leigh McCloskey doing something about that witch he finally found he just bailed out! At least Jessica Harper acted like she had a pair in Suspiria.

  • Mortagon

    I never got what’s the big deal with Dario’s movies. I mean, they re OK, but not exceptional in any way. As for inferno, I found this the weakest in the trilogy, although it is still a decent movie. Like in all of Dario’s movies the acting is all over the place and the effects range from pretty good to utterly ridiculous. Story wise I liked Susperia and the Mother of tears better.

  • randomrick

    its no suspiria but it had some realy great scenes very creepy feel i just wish the mother at the end wasnt such a pussy they just die like that wtf, it was an ok piece.

  • goooore

    like randomrick said, it’s no suspiria, and a couple of parts didn’t entirely make sense to me (hot dog vendor stabbing the guy… wtf?), but this succeeds where Argento always succeeds: mood and atmosphere. You can tell immediately that it’s an Argento film just by his visual style. Good soundtrack, but nothing will ever top Suspiria’s. 2nd best of the trilogy!

  • Mayhem

    Got all the goods that make an Argento film, great lighting, atmosphere, sound design and it’s confusing for the uninitiated. For Argento fans, this is all the stuff you love, but not the best of films to discover the director with.

  • maynardmorrissey

    Dario wasn’t able to reach the genius of Suspiria. Nevertheless he created one more masterpiece.

  • caseynight88

    Inferior to Suspiria.

  • dinny

    Awesome! The beginning was great however it did sort of drag on but it was still amazing!

  • Rambo Lunchbox

    Okay, this one was all over the place. Defenitely didn’t pull me in the way Suspriria did, and wasn’t as over the top graphic as Mother of Tears. Inferno seems like the middle child of the trilogy that really didn’t know what to do with itself.
    They flesh out the Three Mothers a lot more in this film, and it had one or two memorable deaths, but overall the lack of coherent story or central character made me lose interest more than once…
    Still, there are some great moments amidst the rubble. Specifically the last ten minutes of the film, which was terrific in a cheesy Halloween costume sort of way… Not my favorite of the bunch, but I suspect it will grow on me over time.

  • el terror

    Quite enjoyed this one. It’s obviously not as good as Suspiria but it’s still a great sequel and a welcome addition to my Argento DVD collection.
    Great camera work and visuals as well as some pretty shocking moments. One or two scenes particularly stood out for me which were the underwater scene at the beginning and when the guy gets attacked by rats.

  • Hengst2404

    To be fair, I really did not enjoy hardly anything about Suspiria, Dario Argento’s first film in the Three Mothers film trilogy, so you can imagine that my hopes were not high for the follow-up. I found the first film boring, and was unimpressed with both the soundtrack and the execution of the first art house-horror film.

    I only mentioned this, because I actually enjoyed Inferno a little bit more. While still a bizarre film, Inferno felt a little bit more focused, had plenty of interesting death scenes and actually tried to explain itself a little bit better than Suspiria did. I also felt like the acting was a little bit better here, which helped removed some of the corny moments the first film suffered with.

    I realize that watching these films in 2011, when I am 33 and have seen hundreds of horror films is probably not the most fair way to view them and that had I seen them back when I was younger they may have had more of an impact on me.

    As part 2 of a film trilogy, I think that Inferno actually did come through as far as creating a strong tie to the first film, while setting up for a third film with the introduction of the Third Mother. Your mileage may vary again, but I think if you watch all three of these films, if nothing else you will finally see what others have been raving about all these years, not to mention all the top 25 horror film lists.

  • TheGonzoJoint

    “Inferno” is a film that oozes with stylistic quality, potential, and even a good amount of genuine horror, which makes it all the more hard for me to admit that it’s not really a good film. While it’s not too bad, “Inferno” isn’t quite as good as Argento’s “Suspiria”, which this film serves as a semi-sequel to. “Inferno” simply lacks the brilliance, chills, inspiration, and imagination involved in “Suspiria”; therefore plunging it into a big, black hole of utter mediocrity.

    I don’t see what “Inferno” has in common with “Suspiria”. How can it even be a “semi-sequel”? How is this possible? The only similarity is one plot element; a covenant/cult of witches. This time around, the nasty lot does not inhabit a school, but rather an apartment. There’s not much more to the film’s plot aside from the fact that there’s a serial killer on the loose- as there is in just about every Argento film- and the killer might be one of the witches.

    And where there are villains (and witches) there must be heroes (and music students). The students within this film attempt to solve the murder cases themselves, and end up getting themselves killed early on. Well, to be precise; one dies, one lives. The one that lives eventually comes face-to-face with pure evil in the film’s finale, which involves an inferno (thus lots of flames) and plenty of gory goodness. Music to my ears, man.

    The film is one that demonstrates all things that Dario Argento is good at. He is good at making these films, he’s been doing it for a while, and that’s why I question “Inferno” and its mediocrity with such depth and anger. I don’t mind this film, it’s not a bad watch, but it didn’t do what it wanted to do. Argento believes, here, that he can blow our minds with his typically stylistic visuals. Yes, he’s done it before; but you have to present it in some artistic way. There’s not a whole lot of art in “Inferno”, but what we do see is attempted art. That’s not exactly enough, though.

    Warts and all, “Inferno” still has some good scenes worth mentioning. The whole film looks great, with Argento once again making excellent use of colors and off-kilter camera-work. There’s some good filmmaking going on here, just not a whole lot of energy and screen-writing. There are only a couple scenes that are actually good, one of them being when a creepy dude who reminds me of Dracula stuffing kittens in a bag and disposing of them. As with all death-of-kitten(s) scenes in horror movies, this is cruel, but kind of funny too. Maybe I’m just mean.

    The soundtrack by Keith Emerson is pretty good, if you can get past the fact that it’s just NOT Goblin or Claudio Simonetti. It’s still groovy, and it still fits the movie and its stylistic features, I just don’t count it as whimsical. Now, before you take this review, take this movie, and forget both; let me tell you something. You might enjoy “Inferno”. You may be forgiving of its absolutely absurd and flawed script, its lack of compelling horror, and its complete and utter lack of REAL ambition. I’m not the most forgiving person in the world, and I try to review a movie based on both quality and personal enjoyment. So here it is; my opinion of “Inferno”. As a stand-alone film, it’s kind of “meh”. It’s still kind of “meh” compared to the other more successful works of Argento. If there’s one thing to be thankful for, the thing didn’t suck. But that’s just one thing.

  • HauntedCoffee

    One of my all-time most favourite horror movies. Everything is just so bizarre and beautiful, it’s a treat to watch. Every set is amazing, and though things might not always make sense, that’s what gives the movie its dream-like quality.

  • zuggernaught

    Heard this film lacked any punch next to Suspiria, its predecessor. But to be fair, this is a killer sequel. It lacks any real story to be honest with you, but its very engaging and interesting. Dario’s use of set pieces and colour are amazing. The quirkiness and atmosphere were top notch. Worth a watch if your an Argento fan.