Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tenebre (1982, Dario Argento)

Ok, this should be the last Argento film for a little while. I'm sure my readers (I'm being generous by making that plural) are sick of reading about my new found obsession. I couldn't pass up reviewing this one though. It fits in very well with Argento's other giallo films that I have been reviewing. I've actually had the Anchor Bay double dvd of this film and Deep Red for a long time because I knew I would be watching them eventually.

Tenebre is a film about an American author, Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), who is over in Italy promoting his book, Tenebre. The book is about a killer who goes on a murdering spree. As is expected with an Argento film, a real killer is on the loose who seems to be inspired by Tenebre. Before a murder occurs, a note with a quote from the book is left in an envelope for Neal. It is discovered that each of the murders has something to do with the quotes and with the help of his secretary and a local boy, Neal becomes his own private detective to try to stop the killings before he is next.

Tenebre is another great Argento giallo. The plot is similar to his early giallo films but there is a lot of added gore and nudity this time. The story and characters are solid and the killer's identity is well concealed until the final terrifying frames. The bloody killings are very well done as is the cinematography. Goblin's score is perfect for the film as well. There are a few slow spots and some strange scenes, but overall the film was very enjoyable.


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