Opera ★★★

Opera (1987) stars spanish actress Cristina Marsiolach, Ian Charlestown, and Argento regular Daria Nicolodi. 

Betty (Marsiolach) is an opera star that is harassed by a deranged fan, and spends most of the time being chased, tortured and psychologically tormented.

Marsiolach does a good job of conveying fear and is a fine lead in a movie that offers some decent set pieces, stylish lighting, and vivid colours. I know that some people didn’t dig the heavy metal soundtrack (it’s no Goblin), but I thought it was pretty good. 

As usual, Argento offers a couple of really cool deaths as well as implementing an instrument of torture that is used throughout that is inventive and should be more iconic than it is. 

It’s a pity that, despite all these aspects, there’s not much else particularly memorable. Whenever there was any exposition between the characters I found myself drifting off. 

It’s a passable horror movie but one that doesn’t have much to add to the genre other than looking really cool. I’m fine with that. After all, I should know what I’m getting myself in for.

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