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Tenebre -- 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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Release Date:
17 February 1984 (USA) See more »
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Terror Beyond Belief See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Enjoyable murder mystery thriller. See more (142 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Neal
Christian Borromeo ... Gianni

Mirella D'Angelo ... Tilde
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

John Saxon ... Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ... Anne
Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo ... Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti ... Marion
Ennio Girolami ... Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)
Monica Maisani
Marino Masé ... John
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Alboretto, the porter
Gianpaolo Saccarola ... Coroner
Ippolita Santarelli ... Prostitute
Francesca Viscardi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Narrator (Italian version) / Murderer's Hands (voice) (uncredited)

Lamberto Bava ... Elevator Repairman #1 (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Maria's Boyfriend / Man Walking with Girl on Beach (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento 

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... producer
Salvatore Argento .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Massimo Morante  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
Claudio Simonetti  (as Simonetti-Morante-Pignatelli)
 
Cinematography by
Luciano Tovoli 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Tommaso Barbi 
Maurizio Garrone 
 
Costume Design by
Pierangelo Cicoletti 
Franco Tomei 
 
Makeup Department
Patrizia Corridoni .... key hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist (as Pierino Macacci)
 
Production Management
Cesare Jacolucci .... production manager
Cesare Jacolucci .... production supervisor
Giuseppe Mangogna .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... first assistant director
Michele Soavi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Antonella Caputo .... assistant production designer
Massimo Garrone .... assistant set decorator
Osvaldo Monaco .... property master
Giuseppe Pagnotta .... property master
Cesare Piccini .... assistant property master
Aldo Taloni .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Mario Dallimonti .... sound
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... boom operator
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer
Remo Cartocci .... grip
Francesco Giulivi .... gaffer
Roberto Marsigli .... assistant camera
Mario Moreschini .... key grip
Maurizio Piano .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Tinelli .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Canevari .... assistant costume designer
Vanda Caprioli .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant editor
Roberto Priori .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Ferdinando Caputo .... production accountant
Diego Della Valle .... shoemaker
Carlo Du Bois .... production accountant
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Saverio Mangogna .... production secretary
Cesare Piccini .... leather
Francesca Roberti .... script supervisor
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Giuliano Gemma (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Unsane" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Shadow" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:91 min (edited version) | 101 min (director's cut)
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Australia:M | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2001) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (1988) (cut) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:16 (cut version: 2002) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (2009) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (cut) (1986) | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[First lines]
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me TonightSee more »

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable murder mystery thriller., 28 October 2004

After the opening credits the film starts in New York, as American author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) cycles to JFK airport. He flies to Rome so he can promote his new murder mystery novel 'tenebrae'. Meanwhile in Rome a woman tries to steal a copy of the book from some shop and is caught. She convinces the security guard to let her off. But someone in the store is watching her and has seen whats happened. Back at her flat she is attacked, pages of the book 'tenebrae' are forced into her mouth and her throat is slashed with a straight razor, just like the one the killer uses in the book. The police head straight for Neal to question him, while there Neal receives a letter and phone call from the killer, from then on Neal is thrown in a complex mystery and plunged into the centre of a number of senseless, violent murders. Written and directed by the overrated Dario Argento this is definitely one of his best films. Stylishly filmed with visually pleasing photography, the stand out sequence being the murder of the two lesbians, the camera starts outside of a window looking in at one of the victims, it then moves up a level to another window, it moves across the side of the house to yet another window in which the second victim can be seen playing a record, then the camera moves up toward the roof, glides along it and back down the opposite side of the house from which it started to rest on the killers gloved hand breaking into the house. All in one smooth flowing shot, very impressive. Add to this lots of close ups, strange angles, free flowing camera movements and a nice color scheme, and we have a very good looking film. Acting is OK, most of the lead characters are a little bit bland. While the film does contain a nice amount of nudity, violence and gore it is perhaps a little more restrained than you might expect, except for a scene towards the end of the film where a woman has her arm chopped off with an axe, how much blood?! Having said that the murders are very well done, and Dario films them with style, like the rest of the film. Script wise, I liked the twists and turns but the reasons for some of them didn't make much sense. And one or two bits stray into silly horror film cliché, like the dog attacking the girl, my least favorite sequence in the film. Overall a very good horror mystery. Make sure you listen and pay attention otherwise you may miss some vital plot points, like it appears some of the people who have reviewed it on the IMDb did. One negative would be that once you have watch tenebrae once I don't think many people would be interested in watching it again, as once all the twists are revealed it loses its mystery and impact a little. Certainly worth a rent, recommended.

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