Back in the day, we used to have a white board on our family fridge for all the usual notes and lists, but along the bottom was “Last crap movie hired:”, where the last person to choose a crap movie in our regular “5 weeklies for 5 dollars” family jaunts was named and shamed, until something worse came along. I recall Mum claiming the title for a while with some horror movie about a lady alone in her home and the killer keeps phoning her (Dial M For Murder? Don’t Answer The Phone? Something…). Until I one day decided upon Tenebrae, and I think quite frankly the board was never changed again.
Not having seen this in a long time, the only other thing I really remembered about it was the scene where they look out the window at the phone booth where the killer has called. Strange that that scene sticks in my memory, given the above anecdote. But anyway, that’s all I could recall, and to be honest the movie was nowhere near as bad as I remembered/was convinced it was. Could be one of those cases where a horribly degraded and worn VHS tape just doesn’t do the movie justice. Could be that watching it on my own without family members moaning and groaning helped. Either way, not my favourite Argento but not the worst, either.
How many failed jump scares can they squeeze in to one movie??
I had heard that this wasn’t bad, but the sequel was total turd. Interesting, because this sucked… too much ‘creepy for the sake of creepy’ rather than genuinely creepy things/scenes… also it really felt like a video game movie. Following a woman around exploring hallways and buildings constantly on the tail of a little girl who remains just out of sight… yawn.