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Frightfest 2019: ‘Tenebrae’ Review

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Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Dario Nicolodi, John Saxon, Guiliano Gemma | Written and Directed by Dario Argento

Deep Red, Opera, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria… Dario Argento is one of the most influential and beloved horror directors of all time, and with the list of films he’s made sits an array of classics, many of which fall into the giallo genre, popularised by Argento himself. In that list and in that genre, sits Tenebrae. It’s been called one of Argento’s greatest achievements, it’s been called one of the very best giallo films of all time, and it remains a favourite among genre fans all over the world. There’s a damn good reason for that.

Tenebrae, made all the way back in 1982, was a story conceived by Argento that he formed into a screenplay and directed. It follows Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), a novelist who is
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DVD Review: House on the Edge of the Park

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House On The Edge Of The Park

Stars: David Hess, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Lorraine De Selle | Written by Gianfranco Clerici, Vincenzo Mannino | Directed by Ruggero Deodato

After helping a young couple fix their car, Alex (Hess) and his friend Ricky (Radice) are invited to an upscale house party where they are ridiculed by their debauched young hosts. Alex, psychopath that he is, decides that he, Alex and his straight edged razor deserve some fun. Together the pair take the presumably unprepared partygoers on a journey of rape, violence and debasement… Little do they know that their prey are not all they seem, and have a special surprise in store for the criminal duo.

Taking inspiration from Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left and starring David Hess, who played the villainous Krug in Craven’s movie, House on the Edge of the Park is widely
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DVD Review - The House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

The House on the Edge of the Park (Italian: La casa sperduta nel parco), 1980.

Directed by Ruggero Deodato.

Starring David Hess, Annie Belle, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Marie Claude Joseph, Gabriele Di Giulio, Christian Borromeo, Brigitte Petronio and Lorraine De Selle.


Two lowlifes invite themselves to an upscale house party; ridiculed by their snobbish hosts, they decide to subject the partygoers to a night of violence and torment.

Looking to capitalise on the success of Wes Craven’s cult rape-revenge shocker The Last House on the Left (1972), controversial Italian filmmaker Ruggero Deodato chose to follow up the hugely controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980) by delivering his own take on the subgenre – The House on the Edge of the Park. The familiarities don’t end with the title, with Ruggero securing the services of Tlhotl’s sadistic antagonist Krug (the recently deceased David A. Hess) and basically taking the character and placing him
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31 Years, 31 Screams: Tenebrae (1982)

Tenebrae (aka Unsane) (1982) D: Dario Argento Anthony Franciosa, Christian Borromeo, John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi The idea of an unseen killer slashing his or her way through unsuspecting victims with brutal escalation is not distinctly American. Italian giallo has been around for decades. For the uninitiated, giallo can be hard to define, but imagine a combination of film noir nihilism, slasher-movie gore, and operatic drama. Giallo master Mario Bava's Twitch of the Death Nerve is widely credited as a direct influence on Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham. Bava's disciple, Dario...
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