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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling effort, 4 Jun. 2003
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This review is from: Tenebrae (Full Uncut Version) [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
'Tenebrae' is the story of Peter Neal, an American thriller author who is publicising his new novel in Rome. Being an Argento film, it's not long before somebody winds up dead. Mr Black Gloves is once again at work in Mondo Argento, this time accusing Neal of corrupting society through his books, and killing 'deviants'. By the time the last body hits the floor, the body count is well into double figures...
'Tenebrae' is visually stunning, with wonderful camera work (particularly just before the second death). Despite being very brightly lit, even during the night scenes, this is one of Argento's most traumatic films. The light is in stark contrast to the title of the film, and as the story goes on the deaths become more violent, the climax being far more bloody than anything in, say, 'Suspiria'. That said, as somebody who really cannot stand gore, I didn't find it too difficult to get through- it's surprising that it's been cut for so long, really.
It also includes classic Argento themes- black gloves, killer POVs, extreme close-ups of eyes, and the old favourite 'Witness who misinterprets what they've seen'. Anyone with an interest in Argento or giallos should see this without hesitation. (Anchor Bay DVD, not Nouveaux Pictures edition!) BUT, if you need an introduction to Argento, I recommend you start with something like 'Sleepless', 'Profondo Rosso' or 'Cat O'Nine Tails'. 'Tenebrae' works best when put within the context of a tradition.
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