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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Borromeo ...
Veronica Lario ...
Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ...
Elsa Manni
Eva Robins ...
Girl on Beach
Carola Stagnaro ...
Detective Altieri
John Steiner ...
Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ...
Maria Alboretto
Daria Nicolodi ...
Giuliano Gemma ...
Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo ...
Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti ...
Ennio Girolami ...
Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)


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 <>

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The impressive two and a half minute crane shot the encircles Tilda's house took three days to be completed. American distributors wanted the shot to be cut from the film for US release, but Argento refused. See more »


Just before Elsa is killed, the attacker shoves several individual wads of paper into her mouth. But as she dies, she spits it out and the pages are now wadded together in one giant ball. See more »


Detective Germani: We have eliminated the impossible. Whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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A cold, sterile and bloody film from Argento.
25 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tenebre (1982) is a cold, dark and sterile film from Dario Argento. In sterile I mean the clinical and septic surroundings that the city dwellers live in. Some of the sets are painted bright white and lighted in cool hues. The film is about a murder mystery writer named Peter Neal who comes to Rome on a business trip/vacation. During this trip, some murders are committed by a strange demented killer who's a big fan of Peter Neal. The film's translated title Shadow describes the film perfectly. To say how it relates to the film would be all too telling.

Some of the set pieces in this film are some of the most graphic and violent ones that Argento has ever concieved. They fit neatly within the confines of this tightly shot and directed thriller. One of Argento's best films (besides his opus Suspiria). I strongly recommend this picture. My favorite of the set pieces takes place in the final third of the movie. It's well worth the wait. Believe me.


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