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1,169 Ratings


Terror at the Opera

Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1987
Horror, Thriller


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?

Our take

Cinema has seen its share of Phantom of the Opera adaptations, and yet Dario Argento’s cacophonous telling entirely renews the veracity of a classic tale. Released in the U.S. as Terror at the Opera, this revision moves to beyond the rules of 1980s horror to a realm of pure, ecstatic terror.

Opera Directed by Dario Argento

Critics reviews

Dario Argento’s Opera should be considered the Italian maestro’s summary film, the final grand statement of the themes and imagery that have dominated his work since The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.
January 24, 2018
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