Tenebrae (1982)

Tenebrae (1982, ITA) C-96m. SCOPE *** D: Dario Argento. Starring Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Giuliano Gemma, Mirella D'Angelo, John Steiner. After SUSPIRIA and INFERNO, Argento's return to the thriller-genre features immaculate camerawork by Luciano Tovoli and memorable murder set-pieces, if not a memorable plot. Writer Franciosa, advertising his latest mystery novel in Rome, receives death threats by a traumatized, black-gloved killer who is hacking up women. Police inspector Gemma is at a loss, and the writer is forced to investigate on his own behalf to clear himself of suspicion. Has little continuity, like most Argento films, but manages to arrest and thrill the audience with elaborate camerawork and murder scenes that had then become the trademark of any Argento chiller. Note: This is not the conclusion of the 'Three Mothers'-trilogy, as the title had some believe. Uncut print runs 100m. Written by the director. English title: UNSANE, also known as TENEBRE.


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