Synopsis: With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to Rome only to find somebody is using his novels as the inspiration (and, occasionally, the means) of committing murder. As the death toll mounts the police are ever baffled, and the writer becomes more closely linked to the case than is comfortable.
Director(s): Dario Argento
Production: Bedford Entertainment Inc.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

The impulse had become


There was only one answer to

the fury that tortured him

and so he committed his

first act of murder.

He had broken the most

depruted taboo

and found not guilt, not

anxiety or fear, but freedom

Every humiliation which

stood in his way

could be swept aside by this

simple act of


Thanks, John. Take care of

everything while I'm gone.

Thanx. Have a nice trip,

Mr. Neal Flight 40120

See you inside the check in.

Flight 410 passengers please

proceed to gate seven.

Mr. Peter Neal to the

information desk.

Excuse me, Peter Neal do you

have a message for me?

Yes, there was a call, you

can pick a phone over there

Thank you - Hello?! Ya - ya

well listen, Jane,

listen to me - ya - the

reason why you haven't

seen me for six week because

I - ya - Jane,

take it easy, just take it

easy. Look, I'm just going

to hang up on you!

Tomorrow - ya, tomorrow.

I'll try to call tomorrow -

ok - ya - bye.

Oh, Excuse me.

Open your bag! I said open

it! - Leave me alone -

Come with me! - I said come

with me! -

leave me alone! - I want to

look in your bag!

Do you have a receipt

for this?

I was going to the cassier

to pay for it!

You told me you didn't

have a book.

Hey, what do you think? I

was going to pay for it!

Please come to my office!

This way! - I'm coming!

Elsa Manny, 12 convictions

for shop lifting.

You should have learned by


We can make a deal: You

give me my paper bag back,

I give you my address. Come

on. You're not gay, are you?

Where do you live?

Here in Rome, Number 14

Via delle Camene.

Via - delle - Camene OK!


We are approaching the coast

of Greenland.

Hey - come here - come in!

You hit me! I'll kill you!

Hi Carla - Hi, my washing

machine broke. Are you OK?

I am, now -

fine, thank you!

Did everybody get this re-

lease? - Let's try anywhere.

Am I too late? No, did you

get this release?

You look prettier everytime

I see you!

Are you still writing nice

things about me, huh?

Getting my notes takes me

usually, about a month, and

then the actual writing

about three month

Ya, two month for revision.

I haven't stopped for

almost two years.

Tenebrae is a sexist novel

Why do you despise

women so much.

Sexist?! - No, I don't

think it's sexist.

Women as victims, seiphors,

the male heros with their

hairy macho bullshit,

how can you say it isn't?

What's the matter with you?

You know me for 10 years

ever since you studied in NY

You know very well that I...

Look, I'm talking about work

Well, I don't know. Would

you like me to tell you

that I support to the equal

rights amendment?

OK, so explain the books.

Do you write to a fixed

pattern, or do your publish

tell you this kind of sexism

sales copies?

Miss, why do we do this?

Setup a separate interview

with you and Mr. Neal let hi

really come the grips with

your mag's attitude.

He just got of the plane and

how would that be? Ok

We just gonna slip out.

You are all welcome to drink

the bar dry.

Thank you very much for your

attention and your interest

BTW - call me tomorrow and

we will set up a meeting!

Hey, my mother was hoping

you to call.

Tell her I will. I'd love to

see her!

You know that you're getting

very tense? I'm learning.

Those lesbians want your

balls because

they don't have any of

their own.

What is that? The hat you


Bought it in a shop here in

Rome. Nice, eh? It suits me!

Isn't it warm?

No try it!

No! - Doesn't it drop off?

Drop off? Yeah, at a quick

movement, won't it slip off?

Look! - That's a miracle!

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Dario Argento

Dario Argento (Italian: [ˈdaːrjo arˈdʒɛnto]; born 7 September 1940) is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in the horror film genre, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo, and for his influence on modern horror movies. more…

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