In 1977, Suspiria bewitched its way into cinemas. The Italian supernatural horror movie – partially based on Thomas De Quincey’s essay, Suspiria de Profundis – told the story of an American ballet student who finds herself in the midst of a coven.
Upon release, Suspiria was a commercial success and this paved the way for its director, Dario Argento, to develop two spiritual/thematic follow ups. These follow ups were not direct sequels to Suspiria, but alongside Suspiria the films collectively became known as the Three Mothers Trilogy.
But what is the Three Mothers Trilogy and what are the movies in this series? For all those details and more keep reading!
The Three Mothers Trilogy movies in order
The movies in the Three Mothers Trilogy appear in the following order:
- Suspiria (1977)
- Inferno (1980)
- The Mother of Tears (2007)
What is the Three Mothers Trilogy?
The Three Mothers Trilogy is a collection of three supernatural horror films directed by Dario Argento, which focus on three powerful witches. Suspiria features Mater Suspiriorum the Mother of Sighs; Inferno features Mater Tenebrarum the Mother of Darkness; and Mother of Tears features Mater Lachrymarum the Mother of Tears.
Although the movies are not directly linked as such, the three films are thematically connected through their tone and subject matter, as well as through their inclusion of the witches.
Who are the cast of the Three Mothers Trilogy?
Notable cast members in the Three Mothers Trilogy include Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, Udo Kier, Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Asia Argento, and Maron Atias.
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