Rent Tenebrae (1982)

3.8 of 5 from 87 ratings
1h 41min
Rent Tenebrae (aka Unsane) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A razor-wielding psycho is stalking the horror writer Peter Neal, in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebre. But the author isn't the obsessive killer's only target, the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as one by one, they fall victim to the murderer's slashing blade...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Claudio Argento
Voiced By:
David Graham, Adrienne Posta, Theresa Russell
Narrated By:
Dario Argento
Writers:
Dario Argento
Aka:
Unsane
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Classics, Horror, Thrillers
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/06/2011
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with authors and critics Kim Newman and Alan Jones
  • Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction by star Daria Nicolodi
  • The Unsane World of Tenebrae: An interview with director Dario Argento
  • Screaming Queen! Daria Nicolodi remembers Tenebrae
  • A Composition for Carnage: Composer Claudio Simonetti on Tenebrae
  • Goblin:'Tenebrae' and 'Phenomena Live from the Glasgow Arches
  • Brand new interview with Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/04/2013
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Argento experts, journalists and writers Kim Newman and Alan Jones Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction by Daria Nicolodi
  • Scream Queen! Daria Nicolodi remembers Tenebrae
  • The Unsane World of Tenebrae: An interview with Dario Argento
  • A Composition for Carnage: Claudio Simonetti on Tenebrae
  • Goblin: Tenebrae and Phenomena Live from the Glasgow Arches
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Tenebrae

Stylish and sprawling ... - Tenebrae review by NP

Spoiler Alert
22/08/2019

This is a stylish, sprawling giallo from Director Dario Argento. Writer Peter Neale is played by 50-something Anthony Franciosa, surrounded by a cheery, adoring gaggle of young ladies whenever he flashes his pearly whites. Unlike a lot of giallo leading men, however, Neale is likeable and a gentleman, at least most of the time, and Franciosca plays him very well. Some nicely paced set-pieces put the victims through their paces in a memorably punishing manner, often topped off with more than a splash of thick red blood.

Supporting players include the appealing Christian Borromeo as possible suspect Gianni, and the familiar face of John Saxon, who was prolific in film and television at this time, is Bullmer.

The star of the show though, is undoubtedly Argento’s wondrous directorial flourishes. The squealing, electronic prog-rock soundtrack is provided by the idiosyncratic band Goblin. Like their other incidental scores it is somewhat ‘full on’ at times, but nevertheless injects various scenes with a sense of perverse dread, and enters fully into the director’s somewhat gaudy style.

‘Tenebrae’ saw the welcome return of Argento to the world of giallo after delving into pure supernatural horror for his last few ventures. It proved he hadn’t lost his stylish approach to the genre and remains a favourite of mine. The ending, where there is revelation upon revelation, is particularly successful. If you are considering venturing into the world of ‘Tenebrae’ for the first time, I advise you to avoid spoilers! My score for this is 8 out of 10.

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