Director: Dario Argento Cast: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi
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Dario Argento leaves a distinct and bloody impression with this Italian horror film that took the slasher genre to graphic new limits at the time of its release. Novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) jets into Rome to promote his new book. Simultaneously, a killer obsessed with Neal begins a brutal series of murders that are followed by cryptic notes to the author. Inspector Germani (Giuliano Gemma) questions Neal, who then begins his own investigation into the bizarre case with the help of his assistant, Anne (Daria Nicolodi), and local youth Gianni (Christian Borromeo). Neal and Gianni follow leads to the home of a TV talk-show host (John Steiner), who is axed to death in front of Gianni while Neal is knocked unconscious. As they close in on the killer, flashbacks show the killer's murderous beginnings and an obsession with red shoes. Meanwhile, Neal's publicist, Bullmer (John Saxon), is revealed to be having an affair with the author's ex-lover, Jane (Veronica Lario), making them both potential suspects. Inspector Germani insists that Neal leave town, but even when he does, the killer strikes again, knifing Bullmer in broad daylight. At the same time, Gianni returns to the home of the dead talk-show host and recalls an important detail about the murder. However, he is strangled before he can tell anyone. At her apartment, Jane is brutally slain just as Inspector Germani arrives to discover the murderer's identity, along with the shocking, twist-filled truth behind the entire case. ~ Patrick Legare

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2008
UPC: 0013131484892
Original Release: 1982
Rating: NR
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer/director Dario Argento, music composer Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci; Voices of the Unsane; The Roving Camera Eye of Dario Argento; Creating the Sounds of Terror; Alternate end credit music; Trailer; Dario Argento bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Franciosa Peter Neal
John Saxon Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi Anne
Giuliano Gemma Detective Germani
Mirella D'Angelo Actor
Veronica Lario Actor
John Steiner Cristiano Berti
Lara Wendel Actor
Christian Borromeo Gianni
Anja Pieroni Actor
Eva Robin's Actor
Mirella Banti Actor
Carola Stagnaro Actor
Ennio Girolami Actor
Marino Masé Actor
Fulvio Mingozzi Actor

Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Executive Producer
Claudio Argento Producer
Giuseppe Bassan Art Director,Production Designer
Lamberto Bava Asst. Director
Pierangelo Cicoletti Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Maurizio Garrone Set Decoration/Design
Goblin Score Composer
Pier Antonio Mecacci Makeup
Claudio Simonetti Score Composer
Michele Soavi Asst. Director
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tenebre
1. Start Program/Main Titles [2:09]
2. Carry-On Luggage [3:14]
3. Murder in Rome [6:10]
4. A Bag in Disarray [4:42]
5. Passage From "Tenebre" [5:25]
6. "One Hell of a Day!" [4:44]
7. Chapter 2 - Murder [7:04]
8. A Second Message [5:13]
9. "Is That Jane?" [7:09]
10. Doberman [10:37]
11. "Soon the Corruptor" [3:06]
12. Witness to Murder [8:13]
13. Secret Lovers [4:11]
14. Return to the Murder Scene [4:07]
15. The Red Shoes [3:53]
16. Death of the Eye Witness [5:40]
17. A Call From Jane [3:38]
18. A Tormented Peter Neal [6:47]
19. A Shocking Twist [2:30]
20. End Credits [1:45]

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Dario Argento's Tenebrae 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is within my top 5, possibly top 3 list of my favorite Argento movies. the blood is coming from every direction along with a crazy story and great visuals. This is a fine example why he is considered the 'Italian Hitchcock'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago