When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will the woman’s recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath?
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Usual mix of horror and sadism that provides one of Argento's mid period best films. Marsillach makes quite the victim here and the novel evolution of 'eyes wide open' here makes for a terrifying image. What I admire about Argento's work is the artistry of camera movement and image in what always appears to be medium budget restraints. Excellent score that adds to the experience.
One of my favorite Argento films: an artistic examination of different kinds of viewing. The camera is intriguing - especially the movement through rooms and staircases -, like the use of different types of music or the work with colors and shadows.
***1/2 With OPERA, Dario Argento presented, in 1987, the most fluent film of the first half of his career. I also liked the way the director blends in OPERA's heroin with Jennifer, PHENOMENA'S heroin, in the last ten minutes of the movie. Recommended.