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Tenebrae (1982)

Novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) arrives in Rome on a tour to promote his latest bestseller, but his appearance seems to cause a spate of grisly murders which closely resemble those depicted in his novel.

This is one of the best psycho-thrillers from Dario Argento, the Italian Hitchcock, which is notable for its stylish camerawork, kinky flashbacks, impressive gore and an ace electronic soundtrack.

It’s enormous fun sifting out the red herrings in this ultra-violent Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, and the twist ending really is twisted.


Argento demonstrates his unparalleled technical virtuosity in the famous roof-glide scene, where the camera prowls over and through an apartment building in which a murder will be committed, before witnessing the break-in – all in one long, continuous take.

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John Saxon
Peter Neal
Anthony Franciosa
Christian Borromeo
Mirella D’Angelo
Veronica Lario
Ania Pieroni

Dario Argento