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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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Christopher Walken was considered for the lead role. 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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Narrator: "The impulse had become irresistible. There was only one answer to the fury that tortured him. And so he committed his first act of murder. He had broken the most deep-rooted taboo, and found not guilt, not anxiety or fear, but freedom. Any humiliation which stood in his way could be swept aside by the simple act of annihilation: Murder."
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Darkness at Noon
13 October 2003 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

Peter Neal , Anthony Franciosa, a top murder mystery writer goes to Rome Italy to promote his latest book "Tenebre". Before he even lands at the Rome Airport a young woman is murdered and pages of Neal's book is found stuffed in her mouth.

Later at Neal's hotel room a letter is slipped under his door with a passage from his book and information that only the killer could have known about the woman's murder.

Soon afterward another murder is committed and the same scenario is followed. A letter with a passage from the book "Tenebre' and information about the killing is put under Neal's door at the hotel that he's staying in.

The police ask Neal to help in the investigation since it's obvious that the murderer is obsessed with Neal's latest novel and who better to understand what the killer has on his mind then the writer, Peter Neal, himself.

Very effective and unbelievably gory film by Dario Argento about a killer on the loose in Rome with some of the most ingenious plot twists you'll ever see in a murder mystery movie. The tension builds up after every murder is committed as the movie draws to it's almost unwatchable conclusion that will leave you totally speechless. By then the tension and stress has left the viewers almost paralyzed with fear.

One note, without giving away anything critical about the story. "Tenebre" Dario Argento use of technique in regards to the killer was very similar to what Jacques Tourneur used in his 1943 movie "The Leopard Man" which most critics didn't think much of at that time. After seeing "Tenebre" and how Argento used the same kind of idea in the film to make it successful these critics might well have changed their minds about Tourneur's underrated 1943 film-noir horror classic.


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