When the star of Verdi’s opera Macbeth is killed in an accident, understudy Betty takes over her part. But then people around Betty keep turning up dead. Fortunately she has a fan in the police department: inspector Santini. Giallo maestro Dario Argento feels right at home in the baroque world of opera, where violence is not confined to only the stage.
Ten years after his global breakthrough with Suspiria, Argento hasn’t forgotten how to stage delirious murder scenes. The bullet shot straight trough the peephole in a door is a classic. And the needles underneath Betty’s eyelids, preventing her from closing her eyes during a bloodbath, also serve as an apt metaphor for our own voyeurism. Agento’s most expensive film up until then looks stunning as well, thanks to the camera work of Oscar winner Ronnie Taylor (Ghandi), while the soundtrack, with contributions by Claudio Simonetti, Brian Eno and hard rockers Steel Grave, is eclectic to say the least.