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Tenebre (1982)

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
Christian Borromeo ...
Gianni
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Tilde
Veronica Lario ...
Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ...
Elsa Manni
Eva Robins ...
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Carola Stagnaro ...
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Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ...
Maria Alboretto
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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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 »

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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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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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