Monday, April 7, 2008

Tenebre (1982) - ITLAY

Tenebre is a 1982 Italian horror thriller film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, and Daria Nicolodi .

"Tenebre" stars Anthony Franciosa as a novelist Peter Neal who finds himself embroiled in a series of grisly murders,as one of his readers starts to imitate the killings in his latest novel Tenebrae.This Dario Argento's bloody thriller is full of startling plot twists and shocking bursts of gory violence.Plenty of serious shocks and a wonderful musical score by Goblin as well as incredibly gory finale that is among Argento's greatest sequences.As usual,there are some stylish killings,particularly a gruesome arm chopping near the end-definitely one of the bloodiest murder scenes I have ever seen.Argento uses some of the most vivid colors imaginable and like his 1977 effort "Suspiria",he uses these colors to enhance the atmosphere of the film. One of Tenebre's greater achievements is that it demands that we work to solve the identity of the killer, all the while daring us to get it wrong. No scene better details the Genovese syndrome at work here than the strange events surrounding the death of the film's first victim. Writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosca) is on his way to Rome to promote his new book (the one burnt in the film's opening shot) and discovers that someone is using his novel to justify a series of murders. A bookstore owner reprimands a young woman after she tries to shoplift a copy of the tome. She's released under her own recognizance, all the while being peeped at by the film's ominous, unknown killer. A homeless man threatens to sexually assault the sexy shoplifter though it seems that a woman watching them from a window above will serve as her silent protector should the man go to far. But Argento has always been concerned with the passive gaze and he evokes a chilling atmosphere of human detachment and non-involvement when the true killer finally slices the woman to pieces.

Argento has removed the boring detective work and given us a ripping good mystery that doesn't always make sense, but never fails to entertain.

This movie is not as great as the other two movies of Argento - Suspiria and Deep Red ,
Yet it is a very good movie . Argento's most coherent film and one of his most shocking.

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