Tenebrae
I had always harboured fond memories of Dario Argento’s 1982 slasher flick, as it was the very first of his films I ever saw. I had not rewatched it until now, and must confess I remembered precious little about it save for John Saxon and the famous arm-slicing scene. The sad truth is that the film really isn’t very good, and is probably now my least favourite Argento film. Most of the kill scenes are staged incredibly poorly and the film is populated by irritating characters behaving illogically. I know one could level these complaints at a great number of giallo films, and that you really need to come prepared for these incredibly stylised and kitsch films, but while I thoroughly enjoy the likes of Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Opera and Phenomena, Tenebrae just annoyed me.

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