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Deep Red (1975)

Profondo rosso (original title)
A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a feisty 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daria Nicolodi ...
Gabriele Lavia ...
Macha Méril ...
Eros Pagni ...
Giuliana Calandra ...
Piero Mazzinghi ...
Glauco Mauri ...
Aldo Bonamano ...
Liana Del Balzo ...
Vittorio Fanfoni ...
Dante Fioretti ...
Geraldine Hooper ...
Jacopo Mariani ...
Young Carlo (as Iacopo Mariani)


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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Flesh Ripped clean to the Bone... And the Blood runs Red... See more »


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11 June 1976 (USA)  »

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In one scene David Hemmings walks past a bar at night. The bar is styled after the famous painting "Nighthawks", by Edward Hopper. See more »


In Carlo's lover's bedroom we see them leaving in the following order: first Carlo, second Marcus, and third Carlo's lover. But they reach the door in the order: first Carlo, second Carlo's lover, and third Marcus. See more »


Marc: Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know?
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One of Argentos Top Three
3 March 2005 | by (Puerto Rico) – See all my reviews

Title: Deep Red

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Daria Nicolodi, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Meril


Finally got around to seeing Deep Red, and I was once again pleasantly surprised.

A very powerful female medium gets murdered after she detects a murderer in the audience of one of her lectures on the supernatural. After that, the murderer decides to kill the medium at their apartment. Meanwhile Mark, a local piano player witnesses the murder while walking down the street. He then decides to get to the bottom of things himself.

Everything you can come to expect from Argento is here. The beautiful colors, the insane camera angles and sadly we also get the gaps in logic, but I'm happy to say that those gaps in logic are kept to a minimum. Argento stylistic camera moves develop into really extreme close-ups of things on Deep Red. He will really go in there with the camera and go all around an object with it, he does this many many times in the flick.

Surprisingly, this is one of Argentos most coherent stories, though mid way through the movie you wont feel like its getting anywhere, once you reach the third act it will all make sense (thank god!) and trust me its well worth the wait. Its a twist ending that really got me....just when you think the flick is over whamo! Argento smacks you in the face with whats really going on. Loved that about Deep Red. The thing is that if you are not patient you will feel that this will be another one of those endings where you are left feeling unsatisfied and dumbfounded, but no, this ending is actually very satisfying. Its one of those films where in the last few minutes everything clicks right into place.

I loved the scenery in this movie. Everything was lit in a very spooky manner. My favorite being the mediums home. Its got this hallway filled with he spookiest freaking paintings you will ever see. Add to that the cool lighting and you've got yourself one heck of an eerie setting. And the flick has got many of those including a house thats gigantic and haunting...very Gothic. The shots in that house and the lighting were awesome.

The kills are great, Argento skillfully orchestrates some nice ones on Deep Red. Some complaint that they are not enough deaths in this movie and I say that we could have done with at least one more. As it is we get four kills are masterful and great, but since the movie gets a bit slow towards the middle part, Id say that another death could have been squeezed in there. But I ain't really complaining, cause when those deaths come they really get you. Trust me! I also liked the imagery on this one...lots of weird imagery to keep you unsettled. For example there's this scene involving a mechanical doll that just looks so weird and spooky...its stuck with me. I had to instantly rewind it. There's some more stuff involving children's toys and drawings. Great stuff! Image after spooky images which don't let you get too comfortable. There's always something there you to keep you on edge, even if it is just a visual and not an actual murder.

One other thing that sort of hindered my full enjoyment of the flick is that since this film had been heavily edited for American audiences and some scenes have been reintroduced into this cut of the film (the one Anchorbay released) there are some scenes that have no English soundtrack. Therefore the movie skips from being spoken in English to being spoken in Italian. Back and forth constantly. I got used to it and took it as a special challenge. Thankfully the scenes spoken in Italian have English subtitles. Small price to pay to get the full blown directors cut of this film if you ask me. My advice? Watch the whole thing in Italian with English subtitles.

All in all a good and satisfying Argento flick that some herald as Argentos true masterpiece. I thought it was quite good but for me Opera and Suspiria are still superior.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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