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.