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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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Director:
Writers:
Dario Argento (screenplay)
Dario Argento (story)
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Release Date:
17 February 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Neal

John Saxon ... Bullmer

Daria Nicolodi ... Anne

Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
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
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)

David Graham ... Det. Germani (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Theresa Russell ... Anne (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Michele Soavi ... Maria's Boyfriend / Man Walking with Girl on Beach (uncredited)

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

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
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
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
Christian Dines .... bonus material editor (uncredited)
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:
101 min | USA:91 min (edited version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R18+ | 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 | Norway:16 (2005) (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27398) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (cut) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
In the Italian language version of the film the opening narration is performed by director Dario Argento.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Take Me TonightSee more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Darkness at Noon, 13 October 2003
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

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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