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Tenebrae (Full Uncut Version)

Released on 23 October 2006

Featuring: Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo & Mirella D'Angelo

Format: DVD | Rating: 18 years & over

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Generally regarded as one of Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's finest films, the terrifying Tenebrae marked the director's return to the giallo genre in which he first made his name, after making two supernatural themed films, Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980). Banned on video in the UK until 1999 when it was released in a cut form, Tenebrae is now being released on DVD in its rarely seen uncensored version for the first time in the UK.

Shortly after American mystery-thriller novelist Peter Neal arrives in Rome to promote his new book (the Tenebrae of the title) an attractive young woman is murdered by a razor-wielding maniac who stuffs pages of Neal's latest novel into the mouth of his victim before slashing her throat. So begins a bizarre series of horrific murders, the details of which strangely resemble the fictional murders in Neal's book. Baffled by the killings, the local police believe the author may hold the key to solving the case and turn to him for help. Circumstances change, however, when Neal himself begins to receive death threats from the killer.

Speaking about Tenebrae Argento said it was his intention to put on film a gory rollercoasterfull of fast and furious murders. There is no question about whether or not he succeeded. As well as being a superbly orchestrated and inventive suspense thriller, Tenebrae is a shockingly horrific orgy of graphic violence, set to a pounding score by Argento regulars Goblin and beautifully shot by Suspiria cinematographer Lucio Tovoli. The film is a perfect showcase for Argento's inimitable trademark visual style
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 "..GREAT THRILLER WITH A TWIST.."

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This is another who did it thriller from the master Dario Argento, its a great story as always with a killer on the loose and you never guess what happens until the big twist at the end, its not Argento's best but still good to have in the collection, some quality camera work and creepy music make it a classic still. The cast is good including a small part by John Saxon from a nightmare on elm street, there is some bloody gore as usual as expected from Argento, if your a fan then its a must in the collection.

 The end of Argento's golden era.

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Let's be honest, if you're a horror fan, anything that Dario has done in the 70s you take it as gospel. In my opinion, Tenebrae is the last proper Argento film (though I have a soft spot for the follow-up, Phenomena), might not be his best but it's in the same league of his 70s work. Go for it!

 Unsane or Insane?

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Tenebrae, from Dario Argento, comes after acclaimed successes as Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Cat O' Nine Tails, Profondo Rosso and Suspiria, which all established Argento at his peak of cinematic genius and a visual storyteller. These films stood out during the seventies, which in my opinion is a decade that dominated psychological thrillers, giallos and horror films.
Tenebrae is a blend of good and bad, the latter slightly more grave compared to good. The story itself, written by Dario Argento is excellent of a murderer following their killing closely to an author's latest thriller novel. The killer is somehow 'inspired' by the writing to kill obvious defenceless women and 'goes by the book', so to speak. The sequence of twists turns and opportunity of 'eliminating' each suspect allows you to explore the killer's identity.
Unfortunately, despite coming after such excellent films made by Argento, Tenebrae is not a break-through...a poor selection of background music, below-average performances by some of the actors, poor script and unnecessary abundance of nudity does affect a good story.
Compared to Argento's other giallos, this will not be one of your favourites, however it is worth watching and does contain glimpses of excellence.

 Typical 80s Slasher

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I had anticipated great things with this film but about 10 minutes in i realised that i had already seen this a few years ago and couldnt remember that i had,which very much says it all really.....It isnt the worst film i have ever seen by a long way but couldnt help but feel cheated. The story is based around a killer copying the murders in a book with the police and author trying to find who it is....And with the killer using cut throat razors and axes you would expect it to be a lot more graphic rather than of a shot of the axe followed by a body on the floor spurting blood. Having said that the twist at the end makes up for some of the poor elements but i have seen better 80s horror. I never really think many films are any better for being re-made but this is an exception to the rule as it has the potential to be very good rather than just very ordinary.

 Not fully uncut...!

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This is NOT fully uncut version. The UK DVD is still missing about 25 seconds.

The ONLY version fully uncut are the Dutch & Danish DVD releases.

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ActorsAnthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo, Veronica Lario, Ania Pieroni, Eva Robins, Carola Stagnaro, John Steiner, Lara Wendel, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Giuliano Gemma, Isabella Amadeo, Mirella Banti & Enio Girolami
DirectorDario Argento
Certificate18 years and over
Year1982
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish (Dubbed) - Stereo ; Dolby Digital [5.1] ; DTS
Duration1 hour and 36 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.