Tenebre

Tenebrae Tenebre, Dario Argento, Unsane, Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Eva Robins, Carola Stagnaro, John Steiner

Tenebrae (Unsane): the author of a string of successful-but-violent novels goes to promote his latest book in Rome, but someone is stalking and killing his fans & entourage. From the opening scene this is like watching the essence of the 1980s – it’s all very stylish, with flashy direction, bold wardrobes, striking locations, and modelesque actors. Most impressively, there’s a lot of  impeccable camerawork – like a completely unnecessary, but nonetheless beautiful, elongated single-take crane shot (with Bonus double-kill!!) that circles a building for minutes. It’s also one of the most bright and colourful slashers you’ll ever see, with phenomenal lighting and particularly eye-popping greens and reds. The soundtrack is dominated by a catchy synth rock earworm, which may sound familiar as it was more recently sampled by Justice (original by Goblin.) It’ feels smarter and better planned than most other slashers as it sets everyone up as a potential suspect, then slowly kills them off one by one, ending on a stunning finale with around 10 minutes of sustained blood, gore, and multiple plot twists – which plays out like a precursor to later and more aware horror films like Scream. Other than being almost exclusively suspiciously sexualised nudey babes that are being butchered right left and center there isn’t much to complain about here. Tenebre sees a visionary Italian (and Horror) auteur crafting one of his most mainstream movies – a dual language whodunnit – at the height of his notoriety. A truly classic and top-drawer horror / giallo film that’s a crimson blueprint for subsequent slashers; it’s still great fun to watch, and easy to admire.

Score: 8.5/10

Tenebrae Tenebre, Dario Argento, Unsane, Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Eva Robins, Carola Stagnaro, John SteinerTenebrae Tenebre, Dario Argento, Unsane, Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Eva Robins, Carola Stagnaro, John Steiner

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7 comments
  1. drhumpp said:

    Argento had one of the most incredible sustained golden periods of any filmmaker I can think of. Between Bird with the Crystal Plumage in the late 60s and Opera in 87 or so, he made some of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’ll admit, I’ve not seen that many of his films. Do have a few of the on DVD though, and after this they’ve been bumped right up the list. Totally different class compared to the stuff that America and Britain were churning out at this point.

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      • drhumpp said:

        If you’ll indulge me in a few recommendations, Deep Red, Suspiria, and Bird With the Crystal Plummage are all great. Phenomena is a little uneven but may be my favorite.

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        • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

          Much appreciated. I’ve got Suspiria and Deep Red in the house so will dig them out and bump them up the ‘To Watch’ list. Thanks.

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          • drhumpp said:

            I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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  2. Jay said:

    Wow, this sounds creepy and looks bloody – it seems to make for an intense combination.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I was also surprised. Usually avoid 80s B-films unless I’m in the mood, but this definitely stands out as a great effort.

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