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.
Possibly the worst lip synching I've ever seen. All the characters in this film are complete idiots, and the ending is even more incomprehensible than they are. And yet I enjoyed this more than Phenomena? It just looked so good, and I loved that truly ridiculous bird conceit, and the opera recordings used, and the leading lady's hair. Bite me, objective evaluation!