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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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