(1982) is a nifty whodunit thriller by Dario Argento.
|After doing several pure
horror in a row, he returned to his real love, suspense thriller, but
with lots of gore. Dario loves to push the envelope, and create
effects that have never been done on film. He was asked in an
interview if he felt guilty because people have trouble sleeping after
one of his films. He said, "No, I love it. That means the film
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| An American author
of a murder mystery, Tenebre, flies to Italy on a promotional tour.
Someone starts murdering girls, and sending notes to the author. The
killer also stuffs pages from the book into the first victim's mouth.
I don't want to reveal more of the plot, as I recommend this one. This
new uncut dubbed version is very watchable.
DVD info from Amazon.
Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1
|The color palette used in this film is
more modern than most of Argento's films. but his expertise with the
camera is still evident. Mirellia D'Angelo and Lara Wendel have
good see-throughs, an Unknown lesbian shows breasts several times in a
long scene, and Eva Robins shows his breasts in a lengthy
Leonard Maltin reviewed the 91 minute
butchered version first released in the US and awarded 2 stars.
Argento was furious about the censored version. . The gore may put off
some mystery fans, but I think both horror and suspense fans will
enjoy this one..
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C+.
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