This is going to be a work in progress!
As arguably one of the most famous horror texts, and one that has been solidly in the public domain for 700+ years, there’ve been a great many films and movies inspired by or based on Dante’s Inferno. As the gods are our witnesses, we will not die until we’ve seen them all. (Fates? Are you listening? Got that?)
So, getting ready for Infernovember 2021, here’s the various visions of Dante we’ve been able to find. Did we miss one? Is there a film that we thought was “inspired by” and you think is “based on”? Please leave us a comment!
Many of these films are out of print and hard to find, any help locating them is welcome (and we’re not too proud to beg!) If you’ve seen one of the more obscure ones on bittorrent or at the local used movie ware!house, please drop us a note.
Awkward and strangely hyped retelling of Dante’s journey, strangely high-schoolish.
No information. IMDB calls this untranslated Italian film “a road trip in the afterworld.”
Anime adaptation on DVD released with the 2010 Electronic Arts “Inferno” video game launch
Dante, a Templar, dives into a lurid and action-packed hell to rescue his beloved Beatrice. He has a scythe. Game, not film, we know.
Paper puppets and a distinctly post-Adult-Swim make this dark little satire something special.
Swedish quirky comedy about a young business exec named Dante who has to quit smoking or lose his inheritance
Jim Carter’s attempt to conceal the dangerous “Inferno” carnival attraction leads to deaths, dream sequences
1911 adaptation inspired by the illustrations of Gustave Doré