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Tenebre (1982)

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An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

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Christian Borromeo ...
Gianni
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Tilde
Veronica Lario ...
Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ...
Elsa Manni
Eva Robin's ...
Girl on Beach (as Eva Robins)
Carola Stagnaro ...
Detective Altieri
John Steiner ...
Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ...
Maria Alboretto
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Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ...
Anne
Giuliano Gemma ...
Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo ...
Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti ...
Marion
Ennio Girolami ...
Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)
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With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to Rome only to find somebody is using his novels as the inspiration (and, occasionally, the means) of committing murder. As the death toll mounts the police are ever baffled, and the writer becomes more closely linked to the case than is comfortable. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Character recalls clues from memory. See more »

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On the telephone, the killer tells Peter Neal that "you wrote those words, page 46," but in fact the words quoted would have had to be on an odd-numbered page of the book TENEBRAE, given the placement of the text we see in the opening sequence. See more »

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Peter Neal: I've been charged, I've tried building a plot the same way you have. I've tried to figure it out; but, I just have this hunch that something is missing, a tiny piece of the jigsaw. Somebody who should be dead is alive, or somebody who should be alive is already dead.
Detective Germani: Explain that.
Peter Neal: You know, there's a sentence in a Conan Doyle book, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
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Perhaps Argento's boldest giallo film!
5 January 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent giallo thriller from Italian horror master Dario Argento is a favorite of many Argento fans and for good reason.

Mystery author becomes the inspiration (or is he the target?) for a serial killer who has been murdering various women.

Stylishly done all around and with a gripping story, Tenebre is a fine example of a perfect giallo film. Argento flairs his usual lavish style, with some impressive camera work and some highly intense (and bloody) murder sequences. No director can make cold-blooded murder has artistically appealing as the great Argento! With this film the violence and gore are pretty high, and so is the suspense. Many of the murder scenes are unforgettably brutal too! Argento even gives this film a kind of erotic edginess that few of his other works ever possess. Also contributing to the film is the great electronic rock score from Marante, Pignatelli, and Simonetti.

Star Anthony Franciosa does a good performance, while Daria Nicolodi is charming as usual. Veteran actor John Saxon is good as always playing Franciosa's agent. Christian Borromeo is also solid as a young man who joins the mission to solve the murders.

Twisted and shocking all the way, Tenebre is a stunning horror film that had a hand in inspiring a number of films since its release. Fans of Argento and the giallo genre simply must see it!

**** out of ****


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