Tenebrae (1982)


Dario Argento directs Anthony Franciosa, Daria Nicolodi and John Saxon in this violent giallo slasher where a best selling author finds he is embroiled in a series of grisly murders. 

Perhaps Argento’s purest movie – this has all the elements you crave. Unbelievably beautiful women introduced haphazardly from nowhere just to be murdered? Check. A devil may care attitude to cohesive narrative? Check. An unguessable whodunnit mind game? Check. Slash and stalk sequences so patiently cruel and abstract in their cinematic execution they feel more like modern art than gory titillation? Check. The Goblins on hauntingly discordant background synth? Double Check! Deadly dogs. All the checks!!! While still a constantly bonkers discombobulating experience this somehow manages to be Argento’s most accessible take on his themes and distinctive brand of imagery. Tons of fun.


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