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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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User Reviews:
One of Argento's best. See more (144 total) »

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
 
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:(Banned) (cut) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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Trivia:
Reportedly inspired after director Dario Argento was stalked by a fan.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 Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Take Me TonightSee more »

FAQ

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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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42 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
One of Argento's best., 28 January 2002
Author: capkronos (capkronos00@hotmail.com) from Ohio, USA

I first saw Tenebr(a)e under the moniker "Unsane" (which is supposedly missing ten minutes of gore and some extensive camera-work). I really enjoyed the film, so I bought the rerelease print from Anchor Bay, and I must say, the restored, uncut, letterboxed print looks and sounds wonderful.

There's no need to go into the plot other than to say Anthony Franciosa stars as American horror novelist Peter Neal and, while he's in Rome on a book tour, murders are being committed by one of his crazed fans. I read somewhere that Argento is king of stringing together a plot and cheating audiences just so they can't guess the identity of the killer, and with this as evidence, I agree 100%. It's nearly impossible to figure out this plot before it's fully explained.

Luciano Tovoli's camera-work/cinematography is brilliant, especially the luma crane shot (which goes up one side of a building, over the roof and down the other side in one unbroken taken). There's also an extremely well-photographed and directed sequence featuring a girl being pursued by a rabid Doberman. Now they would do those two scenes with computers, and I think that obliterates the charm of the hands-on film-making process.

In short, this film puts Hollywood thrillers like "Copycat" "The Bone Collector," and "Se7en" to shame, and it's apparent all three films stole ideas from this one (and from other films in Argento's oeuvre).

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