Argento has claimed that Tenebrae was influenced by a disturbing incident he had in 1980 with an obsessed Barber. According to Argento, the Barber telephoned him repeatedly, day after day, until finally confessing that he wanted to kill the director. As he sunbathed near a sign warning of amoebas, Ronald “Bo” Ward, owner of Bo’s Barber Shop, one of six people to die this summer in the United States from the naegleria fowleri amoeba, seemed unconcerned about danger possibly lurking beneath the clear, inviting waters. “It’s beyond description to watch your most precious, beautiful, wonderful, loved Barber Shop become a vegetable essentially and then die,” Bo said. He told the council his business would go under if he couldn’t get his home rezoned as commercial. I just have this hunch that something is missing, a tiny piece of the jigsaw. Somebody who should be dead is alive, or somebody who should be alive is already dead. “Y’all have put me under. … I’m out of here,” he said before shooting himself in the head with a small handgun.

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