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An Italian horror director, producer and screenwriter best known for his unique visual style and seminal work in the {{giallo}} sub-genre. Though never particularly coherent or well-written, his films remain quite frightening and ''very'' cool to look at when he's at the top of his game. Widely considered to be at his peak during the seventies and eighties, with ''Deep Red'' (aka ''Profondo Rosso'') and ''Suspiria'' usually cited as his best work and ''Trauma'' as the last really watchable film he made (though ''The Stendhal Syndrome'' is slowly becoming [[VindicatedByHistory appreciated]]).

His daughter Creator/AsiaArgento has appeared in many of his films.

His filmography includes:

* ''Film/TheBirdWithTheCrystalPlumage'' (1970)
* ''Film/TheCatONineTails'' (1971)
* ''Film/FourFliesOnGreyVelvet'' (1971)
* ''Film/DeepRed'' (1975)
* ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' (1977)
* ''Film/{{Inferno}}'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Tenebre}}'' (1982)
* ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Opera}}'' (1987)
* ''Film/TheChurch'' (1989) (Writer and Producer)
* ''Trauma'' (1993)
* ''The Stendhal Syndrome'' (1996)
* ''The Phantom of the Opera'' (1998; widely regarded as the worst version made)
* ''Sleepless'' (2001)
* ''The Card Player'' (2004)
* ''Do You Like Hitchcock?'' (2005)
* ''Film/MotherOfTears'' (2007)
* ''Giallo'' (2009)
* ''Dracula 3D'' (2012)

He also directed two episodes for the TV series ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': "Jenifer" in season one, and "Pelts" in season two.

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!!Tropes commonly associated with this director include:

* AcquittedTooLate: ''The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'', ''Deep Red'', ''Tenebre''.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Argento's films might best be described as a series of set-pieces designed to spotlight strange architecture and colors, a trait he shares with Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'', ''Film/{{Phenomena}}''.
* BodyHorror: Even aside from all the mutilations, there are a number of disfigured or otherwise weird-looking people in these movies.
* ColorMotif[=/=]ColorWash: Red and [[UnnaturallyBlueLighting blue]], as you can see in ''Film/{{Suspiria}}''. ''ProfondoRosso'' is also a good example.
* CreatorCameo: Several of Argento's films feature an opening narration. In the original Italian, the narrator is Argento himself.
** See also HandOfDeath below.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Most of his films feature outstanding and bizarre (in the best sense of the word) scores by Italian prog rock band Goblin, and later on by their ex-member Claudio Simonetti.
* DullSurprise: Someone in just about every movie, though the protagonist of ''Opera'' may be the worst offender.
-->'''Betty''': "I should never have taken that part. Why why did I do it."
* ExecutiveMeddling: Argento's reputation as the most censored man in films; the bulk of his films have been heavily cut for US release, most notably Suspiria (most of the major murder scenes are hacked up to remove just about all of the gore) and Tenebre (released as Unsane) not only lost about ten minutes of key scenes (including the film's two big set piece scenes and the series of flashbacks that explain the killer's motives) but also tact on a disco song over the end credits...
** Similarly, Inferno was sat on for nearly six years before being dumped onto the US market via a video release, Opera was denied a theatrical release when Argento refused to cut an epilogue scene/gratuitous ShoutOut to "The Sound of Music", and Paramount ruthlessly kept "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" from ever seeing the light of day on home video or DVD, and was considered by many to be his only "lost" film until it was finally made available on an official DVD release for the first time, uncut, by MYA Communication Company... in 2009, more than 30 years after after its original release.
** Some footage was actually missing in the MYA DVD release (to their credit, it wasn't censorship, but print damage) and, once again, where thought to be definitely lost for good. Known known amongst Argento fans as the legendary “missing forty seconds”, in 2012 Shameless Screen Entertainment announced their DVD and Blu-Ray release (in order to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary) will have this missing forty seconds.
* GainaxEnding
* {{Gorn}}
* HandOfDeath: The creepy (to some people, at least) thing is that Argento used to do all his "black gloves" shots as {{Insert Cameo}}s, standing in for the killer.
* KensingtonGore
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: One trademark of the giallo genre, especially Argento's pictures; the characters -- and the audience too -- only get a brief glimpse of something that they don't realize was important until later, and are stuck trying to remember it for the rest of the film.
* MindScrew
* RuleOfScary: This, as opposed to logic, is what dictates the course of an Argento plot.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: This and {{Bizarrchitecture}} constitute about 90% of any given Argento film.
* TooDumbToLive: The reason so many people get killed in your average Argento movie is because the protagonists are so goddamn ''slow'' figuring everything out.
* TwistEnding
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