From the FANGORIA Vault: Dario Argento’s “OPERA” (1987)


Despite a brief respite into a world of warmth, I once again can’t tell whether or not the FANGORIA archives are chilly or chilling, but either way, we forge on and continue to explore this crypt of gruesome goodies. But this week, we’ve uncovered some shots rare enough to make any horror fan take to song, as they come from the effective and ever-eerie OPERA.

One of Argento’s strongest late ‘80s efforts, the film is disturbing and unbearably intense, often at the same time. Using his intuitive taste for magnificent art design, spatially-aware camerawork and nightmarish horror, Argento creates a much more human monster in OPERA as opposed to his more well-known supernaturally informed work. And despite some truly terrible music cues, OPERA is still as scary today as it was upon arrival, giving way to some of the director’s most memorable and iconic scenes. Check out the master at work below, and perhaps you’ll get the urge to spend another night at Argento’s OPERA…

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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