In the '80s, horror was in its heyday. Filmmakers all over the world cashed in on the boom and none more so than the Italians. Crazy scenarios and gore were at the top of the list along with a certain fantastic style that would influence and mesmerize audiences to this day. Fresh off the great success had with SUSPIRIA and INFERNO, Dario Argento quickly got to work on another giallo that was partially autobiographical and quickly became a fan favorite.
TENEBRAE is about a successful author named Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) on a book publicity tour for his new tome, with the same name as the film, and the latest stop is Rome. While there, he is harassed by a mysterious madman who is killing people in ways corresponding with those in the novel. This maniac perverts moments from the novel to fit his agenda of eliminating people he considers to be impure. Neal is contacted by the killer and tries to help local police with his analytical mind, but many die in the way. As the killings progress things get more and more twisted, suspenseful, complicated and, of course, bloody. (more...)