Alternate titles : Terror at the Opera

Tagline : "An Aria of Terror from the Maestro of Horror - Dario Argento "

Terror at the OperaAnother excellent Argento thriller, which this time takes a new twist on the old "Curse of MacBeth" legend. Christina Marsillach stars as a young Opera singer named Betty, who's just received her first big break in the theatre after she's asked to perform the leading role of the operatic version of MacBeth.

MacBeth has always been considered to be an unlucky production amongst actors, and Betty is no exception to that belief. Which was bolstered by the fact that she was only got the part after her predecessor was killed in a hit-and-run accident (leading to a hilarious announcement "Ladies and Gentlemen, the great Mara Chakova has been run down by a car"!!!!).

Her first performance goes well, but unfortunately she then finds herself being stalked by a crazed fan, who proceeds to pounce on her at random, tie her up and force her to watch as he murders her closest friends.

Not only this, but the killer also attempts to sabotage the production, killing luckless stagehands, slaughtering the ravens used during the final act, destroying costumes and causing props to crash down during the show. The detective investigating, Inspector Santini (Urbano Barberini), believes the culprit is someone known to her. But as the bodies pile up, it appears that the killer is not who she first suspected....

Definitely a must see for horror fans, especially those who are familiar with Argento's slick style of production. There are some beautifully choreographed death sequences in this, Daria Nicoladi getting shot being particularly memorable, and as with his other works there's enough plot twists to keep you guessing who the killer is right up till the end.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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