Review: Tenebrae (1982)

Pure style, pure class, pure Argento!

blu“TENEBRAE”
1982
Giallo
Italy

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi
Distributor: Synapse
Runtime: 101 mins
BLU RAY REGION A

“I didn’t see anything except the axe.”

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A famous author, Peter Neale(Franciosa), travels to Rome to promote his newest novel, “Tenebrae”. But suddenly the people around him turns up dead. The razor-wielding madman takes ’em down the way the character in his book does. The police approach Neal to solve the case without any results. Soon the author himself tries to catch the killer. And why is his ex-girlfriend from the US roaming the streets of Rome?

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Here’s Argento at his best. A self-reflecting Giallo that’s both a parody and an hommage. He even re-invents and fuels the dying genre with one of his absolute best flicks. It’s like telling his fans that he still is, and will always be the uncrowned master of the Gialli. His set piece murders, his use of camera, colouring (especially the use of red) and script is just perfect. What he lacks in plotting, he gives fully in style. It’s a beautiful piece of art, painted in blood. A genre masterpiece, see it!

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Synapse gives us an amazing transfer of the film. The triple steelbook has extra inserts, alternate opening credits and ending sequences, a documentary on Giallo, audio commentary, trailers, soundtrack CD a nice booklet and more. An amazing release!

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