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Tenebre (1982)

Country of Origin: Italy
Year of Production: 1982
Running Times: 91m/101m/110m
Length:
Format: 35mm/Technovision
Colour Format: Technicolor
Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: stereo


DIRECTION

Directed by: Dario Argento


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © 1982 W.A.C.
Production Companies: Salvatore Argento presents a film by Dario Argento  A Sigma Cinematografica-Rome production
Produced by: Claudio Argento
General Production Manager: Angelo Iacono
Production Manager: Giuseppe Mangogna
Production Supervisor: Cesare Iacolucci

SCRIPT
Screenplay by: Dario Argento, George Kemp
Story by: Dario Argento

DIRECTION
First Assistant Director: Lamberto Bava
Second Assistant Director: Michele Soavi
Continuity: Francesca Roberti

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Luciano Tovoli
Camera Operator: Giuseppe Tinelli
Assistant Camera Operators: Maurizio Piano, Roberto Marsigli
Gaffer: Francesco Giulivi
Electrician: Remo Cartocci
Key Grip: Mario Moreschini
Grip: Remo Cartocci [uncredited]
Still Photographer: Francesco Bellomo
Camera Equipment: Panavision [uncredited]

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Film Editor: Franco Fraticelli
First Assistant Editor: Piero Bozza,
Assistant Film Editor: Roberto Priori
Negatives: Eastmancolor 5247-5293
Color by: Technicolor

MUSIC
Music by: Simonetti Pignatelli Morante [real names: Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli]
Music Publisher: Bixio C.E.M.S.A. - Milan

SONGS AND ADDITIONAL MUSIC
"Take Me Tonight"
Performed by Kim Wilde [US version only]

SOUND
Sound Technician: Mario Dallimonti
Boom Man: Giancarlo Laurenzi
Recorded at: International Recording-Rome
Sound Mixer: Romano Pampaloni
Sound Effects: Luciano and Massimo Anzellotti

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costume Designers: Pierangelo Cicoletti
Assistant Costume Designer: Barbara Canevari
Wardrobe Mistress: Vanda Caprioli
Costumes: Annamode 68
Mr Anthony Franciosa's Clothes Are by: Carlo Palazzi
Mr John Saxon's Clothes Are by: Franco Tomei
Furs and Outfits: Fendi-Cesare Piccini
Shoes: Diego Della Valle
Leather: Cesare Piccini, Fendi [uncredited]
Make-up Artist: Pierantonio Mecacci
Make-up: Pierino Mecacci
Hair Stylist: Patrizia Corridoni
Wigs: Rocchetti-Carboni

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Giovanni Corridori

TITLES AND OPTICALS
Titles: Studio Mafera

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Director: Giuseppe Bassan
First Assistant Art Director: Davide Bassan
Assistant Art Director: Antonella Caputo
Set Decorator: Maurizio Garrone
Assistant Set Decorator: Massimo Garrone
Props: Giuseppe Pagnotta, Osvaldo Monaco
Furnishings: Saporiti-Tommaso Barbi
Construction Coordinator: Aldo Taloni

OTHER CREW
Production Accountants: Carlo Du Bois, Ferdinando Caputo
Production Inspector: Cesare Jacolucci [uncredited]
Production Secretary: Saverio Mangogna
Transportations: Romana Trasporti Cinematografici
Unit Publicist: Lucherini-Ghergo
Craft Service: E.C.E. Rome

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Our thanks to Sandro Petti for the use of his house

LOCATIONS
Filmed at Elios Studios-Rome
Locations: New York City, New York, USA; Rome, Lazio, Italy


CAST

with
Anthony Franciosa (Peter Neal)

and with (in alphabetical order)
Christian Borromeo (Gianni)
Mirella D'Angelo (Tilde)
Veronica Lario (Jane McKerrow)
Ania Pieroni (Elsa Manny)
Eva Robins (girl on beach)
Carola Stagnaro (Detective Altieri)
John Steiner (Christiano Berti)
Lara Wendel (Maria)

with
John Saxon (Bullmer)

and with
Daria Nicolodi (Anne)

with the participation of
Giuliano Gemma (Detective Germani)

with
Isabella Amadeo
Mirella Banti (Marion)
Enio Girolami
Monica Maisani
Marino Mase' (journalist)
Fulvio Mingozzi (hotel manager)
Gianpaolo Saccarola (doctor)
Ippolita Santarelli
Francesca Viscardi


UNCREDITED CAST

Michele Soavi (man with girl on beach)


PLOT SUMMARY

American writer Peter Neal is in Rome to promote his latest thriller, Tenebre and finds himself in the middle of a real-life mystery - a serial-killer is stalking the city, stuffing pages torn from the book into the mouths of his victims. (Full Synopsis)


AVAILABILITY

UK
Theatrical Distributor: Anglo-American
Video Distributor: Videoform

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Bedford Entertainment
DVD Distributors: Anchor Bay; Sazuma


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: R

Finland
Rating: K-18

France
Rating: -16

Germany
Rating: banned

Spain
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: banned

UK
Rating: X; 18 - cut by 4 seconds prior to 1984; cut by 5 seconds in August 1999

USA
Rating: R; unrated (director's cut)


TIMELINE

1982
October

28: Italy - theatrical release

1983
April

27: France - theatrical release

1984
November

23: Spain - theatrical release

1988
October

7: Finland - theatrical release


POSTER TAGS

Terror Beyond Belief

A Descent Into Madness

Unrelenting terror from the maker of DEMONS, CREEPERS and SUSPIRIA!


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Sotto gli Occhi Dell'Assassino - shooting title
Tenebrae - alternative title
Tenebre - Der kalte Hauch des Todes - German title
Unsane - US title


LINKS

SEE ALSO
Alien Beasts (1991)
Body Double (1984)
Raising Cain (1992)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento, Il (1985)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Cineinforme no.101 (March 1983) p.21 (Spain)
credits

Cinefantastique v.14 no.3 (USA)
review

Cinefantastique vol.18 no.4 (May 1988) p.54
review (by Todd French)

Cinema Sessanta no.149 (January/February 1983) pp.149-157 (Italy)
illustrated article

City Limits no.90 (24 June 1983) p.22 (UK)
review

Deep Red 1 p.44 (USA)
illustrated review

Ecran Fantastique, L' no.34 (May 1983) pp.36-38 (France)
article

Ecran Fantastique, L' no.35 (June 1983) pp.39-40 (France)
review

Empire no.124 (October 1999) p.144 (UK)
illustrated video review

Empire no.165 (March 2003) p.130 (UK)
illustrated DVD review (RWD by MD)

European Trash Cinema v.2 no.6 p.36 (USA)
review

Fangoria vol.7 no.66 (August 1987) pp.14-17, 65 (USA)
illustrated article (The Butchering of Argento by Tim Lucas)

Fangoria no.274 (June 2008) p.66 (USA)
DVD review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)

Filmcritica no.331 (January 1983) pp.30-33 (Italy)
article

Filmfaust no.42 (October/November 1984) pp.19-20 (West Germany)
review

Film Score Monthly vol.10 no.5 (September/October 2005) pp.22-27 (USA)
illustrated article (Meet The Proglodytes: A Goblin Buyer's Guide by Mark Richard Hasan)

Film Review no.628 (March 2003) p.92 (UK)
illustrated DVD review (by Nikki Baughan)

Films May 1983 p.24 (UK)
review

Films and Filming no.348 (September 1983) p.36 (UK)
review

Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.8 no.4/5 (April / May 1982) (Italy) pp.1, 3, 17
illustrated article (Tenebrae is the new film by Dario Argento, a "pearl" for Intra Film's 1982 list)

Halls of Horror 27 pp.27, 30-31 (UK)
UK video data

Horror and Science Fiction Films Volume III p.270
credits

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.592 (May 1983) p.139 (UK)
credits, review

Samhain no.8 p.12 (UK)
review

Screen International no.345 (29 May 1982) p.9 (UK)
note

Screen International no.393 (7 May 1983) p.82 (UK)
review

Sight and Sound vol.9 no.10 (October 1999) pp.60-61 (UK)
video review (Video: rental by Danny Leigh)

Sight and Sound vol.13 n3 (March 2003) pp.65-66 (UK)
DVD review (Home movies: reviews by Geoffrey MacNab)

StarBurst no.50 (October 1982) pp.6-7 (UK)
illustrated article

Starburst no.57 pp.12-13
illustrated review

Televisual February 2003 p.51 (UK)
illustrated article (Blood money)

Time Out no.670 (24 June 1983) p.39 (UK)
review

Variety 18 February 1987 p.20 (USA)
credits, review

Video the Magazine January 1985 p.67 (UK)
review

Video Week 5 January 1987 p.8 (UK)
review

BOOKS

Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror p.382
review, credits


KEYWORDS

giallo, serial killers, writers

 


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