The famous author Peter Neal is on a publicity tour through Italy when a mysterious killer begins staging murders after those found in his most recent novel. Neal must partner with the police and follow a trail of intricately-placed clues in order to unmask his obsessed fan. Dario Argento's TENEBRAE is an iconic film amongst Giallo enthusiasts, pushing each of the defining characteristics of the genre to their extremes! It includes everything the Italian film fan has come to love: a sadistic black-gloved killer, psycho-sexual themes, incomprehensible twists, and a series of exotic deaths. In spite of its convoluted plotting and lapses in logic, this brilliantly-crafted suspense thriller still manages to utterly shock and surprise audiences. The stylish murder sequences are as brutal and bloody as they are beautifully shot. Nothing is ever ugly in an Argento film, and even death is portrayed as a macabre masterpiece! TENEBRAE also includes one of the director's most complicated, impressive, and completely unnecessary crane shots that takes the viewer in, up, and around an entire two-story building to find a woman under attack on the other side. The exhilarating electric stylings of Italian rock group Goblin add an additional level of excitement to the high-powered murders found throughout the film. Considered by many to be Dario Argento's greatest Giallo (let alone film), TENEBRAE is an absolute must-see in the genre, and an incredible thrill ride of shock and suspense!
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