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Betty, a [[{{Fanservice}} young up and coming opera singer]] opera singer, gets put in the lead role of Verdi's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' after the leading lady storms out of rehearsal and gets hit by a car (breaking her leg). However, she [[TheScottishTrope believes that the opera is bad luck for all involved]] and is quickly proven right when [[SlasherMovie people start dying,]] [[{{Gorn}} violently.]]

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Betty, a [[{{Fanservice}} young up and coming opera singer]] opera singer, singer]], gets put in the lead role of Verdi's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' after the leading lady storms out of rehearsal and gets hit by a car (breaking her leg). However, she [[TheScottishTrope believes that the opera is bad luck for all involved]] and is quickly proven right when [[SlasherMovie people start dying,]] [[{{Gorn}} violently.]]


The film is considered by many to be Argento's last true masterpiece. Fittingly for the film's play within a play, the film itself is largely known for its behind the scenes troubles:

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The film is considered by many to be Argento's last true masterpiece. Fittingly for the film's play within a play, the film itself is largely known for its [[TroubledProduction behind the scenes troubles:
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The film was ultimately released direct-to-video, with a very small production run. As such, for years it was widely believed by many that the film never saw the light of day in the United Stated as well as the urban legend that the English language version omitted the final sequence of the film. Anchor Bay released it onto DVD in 2002, to much fanfare and acclaim.

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The film was ultimately released direct-to-video, with a very small production run. As such, for years it was widely believed by many that the film never saw the light of day in the United Stated States as well as the urban legend that the English language version omitted the final sequence of the film. Anchor Bay released it onto DVD in 2002, to much fanfare and acclaim.


The film is considered by many to be Argento's last true masterpiece. Fittingly for the film's play within a play, the film itself is largely known for it's behind the scenes ending troubles:

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The film is considered by many to be Argento's last true masterpiece. Fittingly for the film's play within a play, the film itself is largely known for it's its behind the scenes ending troubles:

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Directed by Creator/DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A Creator/WilliamCastle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.

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Directed by Creator/DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was they were only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A Creator/WilliamCastle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.

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* ShoutOut: [[spoiler:Santini's method of faking his death]] is one to Literature/RedDragon, [[spoiler:where Francis Dolarhyde does the same thing in very much the same way]]


* Massive infighting with Orion, the film's US distributor over their demand that Argento cut the film's final sequence (which was a bloody "Sound of Music" homage set on the actual hillside where Julie Andrews famously filmed the scene where she song the musical's iconic theme song). Argento refused to cut the scene, resulting in Orion backing out of their agreement to release the film (retitled "Terror At the Opera") in theaters.

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* Massive infighting with Orion, the film's US distributor over their demand that Argento cut the film's final sequence (which was a bloody "Sound of Music" homage set on the actual hillside where Julie Andrews famously filmed the scene where she song sang the musical's iconic theme song). Argento refused to cut the scene, resulting in Orion backing out of their agreement to release the film (retitled "Terror At the Opera") in theaters.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lot of the cast dies, but Santini is eventually caught.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: A lot of the cast dies, but Santini is eventually caught. Betty is, however, left broken and not wanting anything to do with people after the whole trauma.]]


Directed by Creator/DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A William Castle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.

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Directed by Creator/DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A William Castle-type Creator/WilliamCastle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.


* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After [[spoiler: Santini appears to burn himself to death, allowing Betty to escape, and Marco leaves for the Swiss Alps with Betty]] a viewer may think the movie has ended. Unfortunately for [[spoiler: Marco]], there's ten minutes left of the film.

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* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: After [[spoiler: Santini appears to burn himself to death, allowing Betty to escape, and Marco leaves for the Swiss Alps with Betty]] a viewer may think the movie has ended. Unfortunately for [[spoiler: Marco]], there's ten minutes left of the film.film.
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Directed by DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A William Castle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.

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Directed by DarioArgento, Creator/DarioArgento, the film was inspired by an incident in his past: after the success of his "Animal Trilogy", Argento was approached by one of Italy's top opera production company with an offer to direct an upcoming production of theirs. Unfortunately for Argento, when he asked about doing a modernized version of an existing opera for the company, the offer was rescinded as opera company was only interested in doing period pieces. Furthermore, the film's iconic needles taped over the eyes bit is inspired by conversations between Argento and a close friend over how viewers of Argento's films often closed their eyes during the gorey parts of his film. The friend suggested Argento come up with A William Castle-type gimmick that kept viewers from not watching the gore.



* KensingtonGore: Averted, unlike many of DarioArgento's other works; the blood in this film is actually quite realistic.

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* KensingtonGore: Averted, unlike many of DarioArgento's Creator/DarioArgento's other works; the blood in this film is actually quite realistic.

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* ChekhovsGun: The ravens.

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* {{Gorn}}: Of course.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Marco tells Betty he masturbates before a shoot to relieve tension.

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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Guilia]] who knocks out the killer with an iron but ends up getting killed because she decided to taunt him about a bracelet.

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