Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


A variety of people stumble (mostly fatally) across the ancient hideaways of three of the world's nastiest witches (well, two of them anyhow).
I'd been meaning to watch this for a long time and gave it a shot finally tonight.
With the stylised lighting of 'Suspiria', the first in Dario Argento's 'Three Mothers' horror trilogy, 'Inferno' is beautiful to look at and well directed. Despite helping to write Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West' (with Bernardo Bertolucci) though, Argento is not a particularly great screenwriter. Take for instance the classic plot contrivance of a man selling rare books detailing the witches' secret hideouts , but selling them next door to one of them. It's ludicrous stuff, only partly explained away by accepting a certain amount of dream logic. I just couldn't get involved in the thing, and so it just didn't scare. In the end the blood was as stylised as the lighting and it's difficult to respond instinctively to style.

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