Opera

Opera ★★★★

Retitled Terror at the Opera in some countries, this horror film from Dario Argento circles around an opera understudy who is stalked by a masked killer who forces her to watch him kill the opera cast and crew. Offbeat as this might already seem, there is an additional fun layer with the opera director being a former horror movie director with amusing audience winking through lines such as "it usually only happens to people in the movies". Much like Argento's best known works, the solution to the mystery is sadly less interesting than the mystery - and the killer's motives do not even make a lot of sense. The film is so gloriously visualised though that such flaws barely register. From swooping raven POV shots to camerawork that constantly creeps around, the film is aptly voyeuristic. There is also an amazing bullet to the head shot.