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Tenebre VHS

Special Edition, VHS video


3.4 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

Product details

  • Actors: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Christian Borromeo
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento
  • Producers: Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: February 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0764005693
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews


After several excursions into supernatural horror, Dario Argento returned to the homicidal frenzy that made his reputation with this mystery that plays more like a grown-up slasher movie than a detective thriller. Anthony Franciosa stars as Peter Neal, a bestselling horror novelist whose promotional tour in Italy takes a terrible turn when a mysterious killer re-creates the brutal murders from his book with real-life victims. The first to die are so-called "deviants," Neal's own friends, and finally there comes a promise that the author himself is next on the list. Columbo it ain't, but Argento has always been more concerned with style than story and his execution of the crimes is pure cinematic bravura. From the simple beauty of a straight razor shattering a light bulb (the camera catches the red-hot filament slowly blacking out) to an ambitious crane shot that creeps up and over the sides of a house under siege in a voyeuristic survey that would make Hitchcock proud, Argento turns the art of murder into a stylish spectacle. He even lets his kinkier side show with flashbacks of an adolescent boy and a teasing dominatrix in red stiletto heels that become a key motif of the film. The objects of Argento's homicidal tendencies are traditionally lovely, scantily clad Italian beauties, and with self-deprecating humor he even inserts a scene in which Neal is taken to task for the misogynist violence of his stories--an accusation Argento himself has weathered for years. --Sean Axmaker

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