This loose sequel to Dario Argento’s SUSPIRA takes the flaws of the first film and expands them. Where SUSPIRA gave us an underdeveloped main character, INFERNO barely gives us a main character. I was 40 minutes into the film before I knew who was the protagonist. The film is a prime example of style taking front seat to story.
Director Argento brings back the vibrant color scheme of SUSPIRA, but drops the fairy tale qualities that made the first film interesting. The film begins with Rose Elliot (Irene Miracle, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS) reading about the Three Sisters, who are all evil witches. She soon suspects that her apartment complex in New York City is home to the coven of one of the witches. She writes to her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey, JUST ONE OF THE GUYS), who is studying in Rome, about investigating the coven located there. Accidentally leaving his sister’s letter behind in class, his friend Sara (Eleonora Giorgi) follows Rose’s clues to deadly ends. When Paul goes to visit Rose in NYC, he discovers a host of strange people living in her building and next door, who all could be involved in the Three Sisters mystery.