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Tenebre (1982)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 17 February 1984 (USA)
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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Bullmer
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Anne
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Detective Germani
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Gianni
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Tilde
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Jane McKerrow
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Elsa Manni
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Girl on Beach
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Detective Altieri
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Christiano Berti
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Maria Alboretto
Isabella Amadeo ...
Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti ...
Marion
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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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A "George Kemp" is credited as sole screenwriter on U.S. posters and as co-screenwriter with Argento on some prints of the film. See more »

Goofs

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: Let me ask you something? If someone is killed with a Smith&Wesson revolver... Do you go and interview the president of Smith & Wesson?
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Anne's screams continue even as the ending credits roll. See more »

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Referenced in Dead Again (1991) See more »

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Take Me Tonight
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Easily Argento's most violent giallo.
7 March 2001 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Tenebre" stars Anthony Franciosa as a novelist Peter Neal who finds himself embroiled in a series of grisly murders,as one of his readers starts to imitate the killings in his latest novel Tenebrae.This Dario Argento's bloody thriller is full of startling plot twists and shocking bursts of gory violence.Plenty of serious shocks and a wonderful musical score by Goblin as well as incredibly gory finale that is among Argento's greatest sequences.As usual,there are some stylish killings,particularly a gruesome arm chopping near the end-definitely one of the bloodiest murder scenes I have ever seen.Argento uses some of the most vivid colors imaginable and like his 1977 effort "Suspiria",he uses these colors to enhance the atmosphere of the film.I'll end this review by saying that "Tenebre" is indeed excellent,thrilling,scary,well-acted and anything else I can think of-simply amazing if I have to say the least!Highly recommended.


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