Tenebre (Unsane)

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Despite the lurid slasher-movie trappings of his output, filmmaker Dario Argento has always been able to attract "name" actors to his projects. The Unsane (original title: Tenebrae) stars Anthony Franciosa as a man bedeviled by constant death threats. If Franciosa's unknown nemesis intends to drive his victim crazy, he's certainly doing a bang-up job. As with most of Argento's films, The Unsane concludes with a lovingly detailed bloodbath. Literate dialogue and excellent cinematography (courtesy Luciano Tovoli) elevate this film from the usual slice-and-dice syndrome.

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Critic Reviews for Tenebre (Unsane)

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  • Oct 11, 2012
    One of the best giallos out there, definitely the finest and the most psychologically intriguing one. It's not hard to guess who the killer(s) were/was but it's still highly entertaining. Very gory indeed, it has one of the best axe murder scenes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2011
    Another solid giallo by the master of deception and thrills, this time playing with a plot evolving around the airs of Stephen King, yet without forgetting his unique trademark style. People: When you see an Italian horror classic from the 70s and 80s (some other countries too), for the love of God, pay attention to the music. The score in this case is everything! You gotta love that 80s tune of the macabre! 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2011
    Argento moves us out of the nightmare with this one and gives his version of the deranged killer of the 80s. There were some great murder scenes in this movie (which is to be expected) and the story is engaging enough, but something was missing from this movie. I'm not sure what.
    Matt P Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2011
    4.9/10 There's always a speculation that an author gets their ideas from somewhere; from someone, and from something. Horror novelists, such as Stephen King, for example, know their genre because there were instances in their life where they had lived it. Maybe that's what's going on here. "Tenebre" is Dario Argento's most personal movie; which could either lead it down the road of inaccessibility or masterful craft. I pick the first thing. I like what the movie is doing. I absorbed what the story was trying to do, and what its messages were. Still, there's nothing much more to "Tenebre" than a good style, a couple typically entertaining kill scenes, and an always good score from Claudio Simonetti and the gang. There are better Argento films out there, and while this is by no means his worst movie, "Tenebre" fails to be a solid example of why Argento strikes me as influential. Oh, what a great movie this could have made. Focusing mainly on murders committed by an obsessive fan of some novelist (whose newest work is called "Tenebre"), the film is one that could have done so much. It mostly involves the novelist (Anthony Franciosa), his assistant (Daria Nicolodi), and his agent (John Saxon) as they attempt to solve these murders, which all somehow link to the works of the writer. The story switches on-and-off from actually making sense to not making much sense at all. This is not a flaw of most Dario Argento films (in fact, most of his movies are pretty darn nonsensical), but it just doesn't work out too well here. "Tenebre" is decently directed up until you happen upon the evaluation of the story, which is flawed due to its personal themes and lack of focus. I like what it's trying to do, but with a story so uneven and a twist ending so lame, you can't really end up with a particularly good movie. But if you're going to watch it, then allow me to give you some tips. At the time, it was pretty violent, and now; not so much. This means that now, you can watch "Tenebre" in all its violent, un-cut glory; and this is what I did. This is the cut that people warmed up to, and for some reason, I still couldn't find enough to admire or enjoy. It's only ten minutes of footage compared to the "cut" version, but that would probably make the difference for many. It's an appropriately stylized film; a giallo horror movie, no doubt. The kill scenes are well-directed, I'll give them that, but they feel shallow without brilliance and genuine wit. The film is about the perversion of both novelists (of horror) and serial killers; but fails to shed complex light on either. Some might enjoy what Argento has provided us with, but I have expectations for every movie, and "Tenebre" did not meet mine. The gory and gruesome "Tenebre" has ambitions and dreams to be a good horror movie. To some people, that is exactly what it is. But I compare, compare, and for the third time, I compare. This might be the problem; myself. I could have liked "Tenebre", which ends up being an only mildly engaging/entertaining horror yarn, but there's not enough flare and beauty to keep it from stumbling perhaps a bit more than it needs to. But if it sounds like your kind of thing, then go for it. Blood and gore, nudity, and admittedly cool kill scenes. Maybe that's your idea of a good time. Most of the time, it would be MY idea of a good time; but "Tenebre" has only half the soul that such a movie as this requires.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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