Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tenebre (1982) aka Sotto Gli Occhi Dell'Assassino aka Tenebrae aka Under The Eyes Of The Assassin aka Unsane

4 / 5

Tagline: Terror Beyond Belief
Directed by: Dario Argento
Written by: Dario Argento
Actors include: Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, John Saxon
Genre: Horror
Length: 110 minutes
Banned: Iceland, Sweden, West Germany
Country: Italy

What a strange yet fascinating giallo film! I'm one of those people that respects Argento, but often doesn't love his work as much as the average horror fan which is why I procrastinated on this one for so long. I actually enjoyed it although I was very confused right up until the very end (mind you they want it that way, I don't see how anyone could have solved this mystery before hand. The story is about a slasher who tends to use a razor or an axe who is committing murders inspired by a book called Tenebre. We meet with the American author living in Rome of course who tries to solve the puzzle of why all of these girls are being brutally murdered. This is definitely filled with some nice blood and many murders so as to satisfy the average gorehound, it's also got several bizarre scenes that are mostly explained later. It does get a little carried away with being pretentious with some of the camera work and whatnot, but it's also very stylistic so it does work, it's just a little much in places. So long as you can deal with being confused for an hour and half then the payoff is definitely rewarding. I shouldn't have waited so long to see this one, and now I'll bump more of Dario's work in my to watch cue!

Availability:  On DVD

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