It is considered to be one of the most popular films by giallo master Dario Argento, also in Germany – even though (or maybe precisely because) it was only released in cinemas in this country in a shortened form due to its brutality and only in that toned down version, so later in the home cinema landed. In Great Britain, it was one of only 39 films that were banned as so-called “Video Nasties”, alongside shockers such as “Cannibal Holocaust” and “I Spit On Your Grave”. But now “Tenebrae” is about to make its big comeback – in full length and with new splendour.
The BzKJ (Federal Agency for the Protection of Children and Young People in the Media) has removed the uncut version of Dario Argento’s “Tenebrae” from the list of media harmful to young people after a full 37 years, thereby removing its indexing.
The horror film, also known in Germany under the title “Tenebre – The Breath of Death”, can now be openly advertised and sold in Germany – and could therefore soon be released as an unabridged new edition with FSK approval for home cinema.
The timing couldn’t be better: The Argento classic will celebrate its 4K debut in just a few weeks in Great Britain and the USA. From July 18th or 26th, 2022 “Tenebrae” will be available there as an uncut version in Ultra HD for the first time worldwide. Behind the release is lover label Arrow Video, known for their top-notch transfers of genre classics.
It is quite conceivable that the 4K version of “Tenebrae” will soon find its way to Germany. In any case, in the recent past Koch has proved to be a loyal home of once-indicated Argento classics. In addition to “Four Flies on Gray Velvet”, the cult films “Suspiria” and “Terror in the Opera” were also released after they were removed from the list – unabridged as a limited Blu-ray edition in the media book.
So it makes sense to let “Tenebrae” follow. Official details about a German uncut release have not yet been confirmed, but given the recent events, they could follow soon.
That’s what it’s about: The American author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) ends up in Rome, where he is supposed to present his new novel “Tenebrae”. But shortly after his arrival, he learns of a gruesome murder that was committed in the pattern of his new work: the victim was gagged with pages from Neal’s novel and his throat was severed with a razor.
When the author notices that someone has apparently rummaged through his luggage and that he is finally receiving mysterious letters from a stranger, he realizes: the horror has only just begun…
Based on a personal, horrific experience with a fanatical fan who kept calling him in his hotel room and even threatened him with death, Argento celebrated his return to the giallo in a way with “Tenebrae” in 1982 – and what a return it was.
The film not only made headlines with its bloodthirsty, shocking pictures, but also delighted the trade press and fans with a legendary, almost three-minute tracking shot, first around a house and into the hands of the murderer. The gruesome scenario is rounded off – how could it be otherwise – typical of Argento with the haunting sounds of the progressive rock troupe Goblin, who also provided the soundtracks for his films “Profondo Rosso”, “Phenomena” and of course “Suspiria” and always put their own stamp on the murderous films of the Italian cult director.
Ten years after his last movie (the terrible “Dracula 3D”), even many Argento fans from the very beginning should have written off the now 81-year-old long ago. It is all the more surprising that the 2022 is now returning with a bang: “Dark Glasses”, which with 4.5 out of 5 possible stars in the DashFUN review just barely misses the top rating, is one of the horror films for us. Highlights of the year (from July 29, 2022 in home cinema).
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“Dark Glasses” tells the story of cellist and escort lady Diana (Ilenia Pastorelli), who becomes the target of a serial killer who strangles his victims – young prostitutes – with a cello string. He involves Diana in a serious car accident with devastating consequences: Diana loses her sight. Even worse, however, is that the murderer is far from finished with her, after all she is still alive…
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