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Tenebrae (1982)

Tenebre (original title)
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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.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (screenplay), Dario Argento (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Carola Stagnaro ... Detective Altieri
John Steiner ... Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ... Maria Alboretto
John Saxon ... Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ... Anne
Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo Isabella Amadeo ... Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti Mirella Banti ... Marion
Ennio Girolami ... Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)
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Storyline

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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Unrelenting terror from the maker of DEMONS, CREEPERS and SUSPIRIA! See more »


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenebre See more »

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Mono | Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In Germany, the film is still banned after 25 years of its release. The film has never been released uncut in Germany and according to the FSK (the official censorship in Germany), it never will. See more »

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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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Detective Germani: We have eliminated the impossible. Whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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Anne's screams continue even as the ending credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

Most available DVD versions are missing a few brief shots due to print damage. The Japanese and Dutch DVDs both include these shots and are fully uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Body Double (1984) See more »

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Darkness at Noon
13 October 2003 | by sol-kaySee 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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