Italian Film Festival


Info: Italy, 1982, 101 mins, DCP

Language: Italian with English Subtitles

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner


  • Sunday January 5, 2020 - 9:45 pm

"A masterpiece… Tenebrae is a riveting defense of auteur theory, ripe with self-reflexive discourse and various moral conflicts. It’s both a riveting horror film and an architect’s worst nightmare." Ed Gonzalez, Slant

From the tail-end of the giallo era, Tenebrae is the last word on the form from one of its undisputed masters, Dario Argento. With enough twists to make Gillian Flynn’s head spin off, this is a dazzlingly self-reflexive thriller about an American mystery writer, Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), who comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, Tenebrae. Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless.

Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin), Tenebrae is a decadent pleasure, a connoisseur’s kill movie… it is pretty obvious that the folks behind Basic Instinct and Seven must be counted among their number.

Our mini Gialli series also includes Blood and Black Lace (Friday and Wednesday), and The Fifth Cord (Saturday).