“Tenebrae” tells the story of American author Peter Neal, who arrives in Rome to find that his latest novel is inspiring murders around the city. As is standard in these types of stories, the police are clueless and Peter begins an investigation of his own, becoming more and more tangled up in the case.
“Tenebrae” is another of Argento’s trademark giallos, and like “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” and “Deep Red,” it’s pretty fantastic. It seems like this film was important to Argento because he seems to have pulled out all the stops, delivering some amazing shots along with his twisted murder sequences. Argento also delivers one of single most impressive camera tricks of his entire career in this film. Take five minutes, watch the clip and marvel at home much work and planning had to go into that sequence. “Tenebrae” also boasts possibly Argento’s bloodiest finale, where there seem to a dozen twists and almost as many murders. Definitely check it out if you get the opportunity.