Tenebre (1982)

 It’s dangerous business writing a novel!

Tenebre (1982)
Directed By: Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria)

The Prologue
I have yet to make up my mind on if Dario Argento is indeed insane or a genius or perhaps a mix of the two. You never really know what you will get when you watch a film by the legendary Italian director but if nothing else you know you will get gore..and that’s a plus!

Over his time directing movies Dario is known for a lot of great films, perhaps most of all the “The Three Mothers” trilogy which of course features the popular Suspiria and Inferno. But when I think Argento what comes to my mind is stuff like Deep Red and this little gem we are going over today Tenebre…now personal favorite of Argento’s work.

The Movie
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth..Truer words have never been spoken and you must take those words to heart when you watch Tenebre, a story where an American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book (Which by the way is called Tenebre).

There’s just something about this movie I just like folks, it has all the blood and gruesome kills that we’ve come to love with Argento but the thing that seals the deal for me with it is the fact that unlike such films of his like Deep Red, nothing drags here. And that goes a long way with me. Also, when Dario inserts his sense of humor into things like he tends to do it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, and when you mix it all together just right you get a VERY good film.

It has been said that Dario considered Anthony Franciosa, who plays the lead role of Peter Neal, to be the most difficult actor he has ever worked with, but it doesn’t show on screen as he plays the role perfectly in my humble opinion. One of Dario’s favorites Daria Nicolodi (She was also in Deep Red) is back as well playing the role of Anne, she holds her own as well.

If there anything negative I could say it’s that one of the films best scenes is also the hardest to watch due to the logic. In one scene a girl is chased by a gate climbing dog (A hound from hell in every sense of the word but not literally) who seems hell bent on tearing the poor girl apart. Long story short and I’ll say this so I won’t give too much away, she ends up in a house where a sharp pair of scissors is laying right in front of her..Now I must ask, why didn’t she use these scissors?? I can’t speak for all of you but I’d be using those to shank my way out of danger had I been her.

None the less when it comes ending time folks, I think you may all be shocked..I know I was. I guessed every scenario possible, but not the correct one..I guess When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth for sure.

The Conclusion
We have blood, we have clever twists in the story, we have a damn good movie here folks. It’s an older one but I think if you’ve not seen this one yet you should.

While most people will say “Suspiria” when you ask then about Argento, I say “Tenebre”!

The Rating (8/10)