Inferno (1980)

This semi-sequel to 1977’s “Suspiria” can’t help but feel reductive in comparison to its stunning original. Although director Dario Argento keeps the same fairy-tale approach and, in some ways, the same structure as the original, “Inferno” is often incoherent and brutally edited, making it surprisingly difficult to sit through. The acting is negligible and the music is both operatic and distracting, and while it has its moments here and there (an underwater ballroom scene, in particular, comes close to matching the hypnotic set-pieces of the original), it’s confusing and mostly forgettable.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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