“Inferno’s” protagonist is Mark Elliot (Leigh McCloskey) although it is difficult to tell since about half the film focuses on his sister Rose (Irene Miracle, looking a lot like a young Sarah Michelle Gellar if you squint your eyes) and girlfriend Sara (Eleonora Giorgi). The trio become involved with the last known work of Italian architect Varelli, who built three haunting abodes for a set of primal witches (“Suspira” centers on the oldest witch).
The music is composed by Keith Emerson, who later did some of his best work for Michele Soavi’s “The Church” (1989). The heavy use of synthesizers on various original and classical arrangements has me a bit torn. Some tracks impress by virtue of the sheer attention-grabbing weirdness, but others feel out of place. Since Mark is a musicology major, a great deal of classical orchestral music is used and these tend to fit better. Unfortunately, some are played so loud as to disrupt the atmosphere and unbalance the overall sound design.
Walrus Rating: 8.0