Inferno

Inferno ★★★★

The key to enjoying this film is to imagine that you've walked in on it half an hour late, have missed the bit where the three main protagonists and their motivations are set up, and just have to try and go with the flow.

But that's the genius of Inferno, and is what makes it Argento's creepiest film. A lot of great horror movies work by leaving things unexplained, thereby unnerving the viewer. In the 80s & 90s especially, too many horror films had a conventional beginning, middle and end, in that order, taking care to make sure you understand what's going on at each point. It made the genre more accessible, but it meant that they weren't actually scary. I think there's been a shift in recent years to bringing back the mysteriousness in horror, and I applaud that.

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