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Monday, September 7, 2020

[Horror Queers Podcast] The Positive Queer Representation in Argento’s ‘Tenebrae’

Calling the Koontz

After a busy “Vacation” themed month filled with cave diving, as well as trips to exotic Mykonos, Fiji and the Muskokas up in Canada, it’s time for some R’n’R in beautiful Rome with Dario Argento‘s Tenebrae.

In the film, American crime novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) and his titular book are tied to a series of gruesome Freudian murders and everyone is a suspect!

Is it Neal’s ex-wife, Jane (Veronica Lario)?

Is it his agent, Bullmer (John Saxon, sporting a great hat)?

Is it Neal’s assistant, Anne (Argento’s frequent collaborator and former flame, Daria Nicolodi)?

Or could it be one of the film’s plentiful supporting cast: twinky Gianni (Christian Borromeo), lesbian film critic Tilde (Mirella D’Angelo), or TV personality Berti (John Steiner)?

Eh, maybe it’s that ruthless doberman <shrug>

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Episode 89 – Tenebrae (1982) feat. Michael Varrati

On this week’s episode, Joe, Trace and special returning guest Michael Varrati board a plane to Rome to discuss the pod’s very first Dario Argento film, 1982 (or is it 1984?)’s Tenebrae.

This is another video nasty (see our episode on Island of Death), so it’s got a convoluted production history that includes censorship and rumored on-set tension between Argento and frequent collaborator Daria Nicolodi. Tenebrae is also a surprisingly queer positive text from the master of horror, from the casual inclusion of a lesbian couple in the film’s most notorious set piece to the casting of trans actress Eva Robins. It’s also textbook Freudian psychosexual, right down to those red heels.

Come for Michael’s impassioned defense of dubbing in Gialli, stay for Trace’s love of the doberman sequence (the Helen Shivers of giallo setpieces!), then leave for Michael’s terrible dad jokes.


Cross out Tenebrae!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re reappraising Camilla Belle’s “acting” talent in lesbian director Jamie Babbit’s The Quiet

– Joe & Trace

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