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Deep Red (1975)
"Profondo rosso" (original title)

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A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

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A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Following the 11 seconds of cuts made in 1993 to the Redemption video the Platinum DVD restored the brief dogfight scene though one cut was retained. On a Dario Argento collection where versions could be chosen (English or Italian) the longer Italian language version showed a very sloppy cut before the unfortunate lizard was seen on-screen with a pin through its head. The shorter English language print had no such cuts. See more »

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When Marc is exploring the old mansion, we see some white dust in his shirt even before he scratches the wall, revealing the drawing and liberating such white dust. See more »

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Marc: Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know?
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It Even Has An Intriguing Story
18 October 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

As with other Argento giallos, the accent in "Deep Red" is on the visuals: the artsy sets, the garish lighting, the tendency for the camera to dwell on brutal details. Images are stark, with high contrast in lighting. And there's lots of visual symmetry. Emotionally, "Deep Red" is cold, entirely appropriate, given that the theme relates to the psychological coldness of a killer.

But unlike "Suspiria", wherein the story is almost irrelevant, "Deep Red" has an intriguing premise, with a plot that, although slow to get going, is nevertheless coherent, and builds to a riveting finale. I was quite surprised at who the killer was. Clues are very subtle, but they're there, if you know where to look. There's a nifty plot twist toward the film's end. I like the visuals in all of the Argento films I have seen. But "Deep Red", more than others, has a better developed story line. As such, the film is my second favorite Argento giallo. My personal favorite is "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage".

Weak dialogue and weak characterization permeate Argento's films. But his fans don't seem to mind. I certainly don't. What I did find annoying in "Deep Red" was the background music. Most viewers like the sound of Goblin. But to me, the music was too frantic, and not really suitable for a thriller.

There are few contemporary horror films that compare to those of Dario Argento. His giallos are: Gothic, brutal, impressionistic, artistic, and sometimes surreal. "Deep Red" is one of the best.


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