Horror on the Lens: Dante’s Inferno (dir by Henry Otto)

Today’s horror on the lens comes to us from 1924!  In Dante’s Inferno, a businessman visualizes Dante’s trip to Hell while little realizing that his behavior is going to lead him to the same destination.

There’s a lot different prints of this film floating around.  The original version ran for 60 minutes.  The version below was a 49-minute version that was released on VHS.  At the time of its release, it’s vision of Hell was considered to be so frightening and definitive that clips of this film were actually used in other films that depict Hell.  In fact, Ken Russell used clips from this film in 1980 to depict a drug-induced hallucination in the film, Altered States.

The quality of the upload is not the best (again, largely because it was taken from an old VHS tape) and it’s impossible not to cringe at the character of the butler (whose portrayal, sadly, is typical of how African-Americans were regularly portrayed in films up until the 1960s) but this is still a bit of cinematic history.

2 responses to “Horror on the Lens: Dante’s Inferno (dir by Henry Otto)

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