the sus­piria se­quels

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Time Machine Suspiria -

Prob­a­bly shouldn’t have both­ered with the third one...

Af­ter Sus­piria made truck­loads of money at the Ital­ian box of­fice, and ce­mented it­self as a pop­u­lar world­wide release, Ar­gento em­barked upon In­ferno. Un­like Sus­piria, In­ferno was pro­duced by CbS-Fox in Amer­ica – which might ex­plain the movie’s New York set­ting. A clas­sic in its own right, In­ferno’s story of spells and spir­its is al­most as ef­fec­tive as that of its pre­de­ces­sor. Alas, re­leased in 1980, In­ferno un­der­per­formed at the box of­fice. It took Ar­gento un­til 2007 to make the con­clud­ing part, The Mother Of Tears, which is drained of colour, life and gen­eral ex­cite­ment. Set in Rome and filled with bad act­ing and aw­ful FX, it was proof for many that Ar­gento had fi­nally lost his way.

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