An American writer in Rome is stalked and harassed by a serial killer who is murdering everyone associated with his work on his latest book.


Dario Argento


Dario Argento (screenplay), Dario Argento (story)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Neal
John Saxon ... Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ... Anne
Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
Christian Borromeo ... Gianni
Mirella D'Angelo ... Tilde
Veronica Lario ... Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ... Elsa Manni
Eva Robins ... Girl on Beach
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Detective Altieri
John Steiner ... Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ... Maria Alboretto
Isabella Amadeo Isabella Amadeo ... Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti Mirella Banti ... Marion
Ennio Girolami ... Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)


With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to Rome only to find somebody is using his novels as the inspiration (and, occasionally, the means) of committing murder. As the death toll mounts the police are ever baffled, and the writer becomes more closely linked to the case than is comfortable. Written by David Carroll <>

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The most horrifying film to hit the UK cinema screens is now on video. Backed by a massive advertising campaign on TV, radio, newspapers and bus posters. Full TV protection for 3 years. Certificate 18. Release date June 29. This is your chance to make a real killing...... See more »


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Dario Argento: [Vivid memory] Character recalls clues from memory. See more »


Just before Elsa is killed, the attacker shoves several individual wads of paper into her mouth. But as she dies, she spits it out and the pages are now wadded together in one giant ball. See more »


Detective Germani: We have eliminated the impossible. Whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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Crazy Credits

Anne's screams continue even as the ending credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two versions of Tenebre. One with Italian close-up shots of the book in the pre-credit sequence and one with English close-up shots. The French Blu-ray as well as the Italian releases are based on the Italian version, whereas most non-Italian releases on DVD are based on the English language version. See more »


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Peaceful to watch oldies
26 June 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

This is a great weird wild Dario Argento film as with most of his work! I put on Shudder live slashics and quite enjoyed this gruesome run around mystery whacky foreign horror, I don't have much else to say, cool movie for sure!

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Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (Japan theatrical release)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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