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Tenebre

1982 / d. Dario Argento
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A.K.A. UNSANE. Dario Argento’s brilliant giallo TENEBRE is in some ways more akin to the American slasher than the famed Italian crime thrillers. But all the ingredients are still here in there gory goodness. A black-gloved fiend is going about murdering gorgeous young women, all the homicides connected with the latest book from a notable crime novelist. The murderer is an intense fan of the author and will do anything to prove just how far they will go to demonstrate their devotion. Suspicious characters, amazing (if at times a tad overbearing) camera maneuvers, a fantastic score by Goblin, and a double twist ending that will leave your head reeling, TENEBRE is an intricate murder mystery that is engaging enough for all the detectives out there and soaked in enough bloody slashings for all the gorehounds as well. [JC]

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Suspiria

1983 / d. Dario Argento
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Arguably Argento’s greatest (and certainly most popular) film, SUSPIRIA is the first film in the THREE MOTHERS TRILOGY (followed by INFERNO and MOTHER OF TEARS). Powerful, stark colour contrasts and amazing use of symmetry and set design elevate this far above your average, run-of-the-mill horror flick. With a true nail-biter soundtrack courtesy of Claudio Simonetti and Goblin, SUSPIRIA is guaranteed to leave you awe-struck and entertained.

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Opera

1987 / d. Dario Argento
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Argento at his best: brilliant, edgy, sadistic, and bloody beyond belief. In OPERA he’s fully in his element, returning to the grandeur and dramatic scenary of the operahouse stage, and telling a deeply dark and twisted tale of devotion and passion, but with his usual twist toward the uber-violent. In my mind, his second best film shadowed only by the legendary SUSPIRIA. Watch for one of the greatest death scenes of all time: a beautifully orchestrated point of view shot involving a bullet travelling through a peephole. Artistic, poetic, and brutal as hell. An essential item in the collection of any true horror fan.