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Deep Red -- The murder of a composer's neighbor has ties to the occult book the tunesmith is currently reading. When the songwriter decides to investigate the murder, he finds himself ensnared in a bloody web of intrigue.
Deep Red -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Dario Argento (written by)
Bernardino Zapponi (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The maker of "SUSPIRIA" now takes you on a journey through the macabre, the bizarre. . . the unnatural. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A masterpiece, depending on which version you see See more (193 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  written by
Bernardino Zapponi  screenplay

Produced by
Claudio Argento .... executive producer
Salvatore Argento .... producer
 
Original Music by
Giorgio Gaslini 
Goblin 
Walter Martino  (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Goblin)
Claudio Simonetti  (as Goblin)
 
Cinematography by
Luigi Kuveiller 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
 
Set Decoration by
Armando Mannini 
 
Costume Design by
Elena Mannini 
 
Makeup Department
Giuliano Laurenti .... makeup supervisor
Giovanni Morosi .... makeup artist (as Gianni Morosi)
Nicla Palombi .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Carlo Cucchi .... assistant production manager
Angelo Iacono .... production manager (as Angelo Jacono)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stefano Rolla .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Maurizio Garrone .... assistant to art director
Aldo Taloni .... construction foreman
 
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Mario Faraoni .... sound recordist
Eugenio Fiori .... boom operator (as Eugenio Fiore)
 
Special Effects by
Germano Natali .... special effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
Carlo De Marchis .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Giorgio Ricci .... cinematic stunt team
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Antonio Annunziata .... assistant camera
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer: action stills (as Franco Bellomo)
Sergio Coletta .... gaffer
Sergio Emidi .... chief grip
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
Antonio Tonti .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Viglino .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... assistant film editor (as Pietro Bozza)
Rick Greenhead .... telecine colorist
 
Music Department
Agostino Marangolo .... musician: drums (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo .... musician: piano (as Goblin)
Walter Martino .... musician: drums
Massimo Morante .... musician: guitar
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician: bass guitar
Claudio Simonetti .... musician: keyboards
 
Other crew
Luciano Anzellotti .... studio effects
Carlo Du Bois .... production accountant
Cesare Jacolucci .... production coordinator
Ernesto Triunveri .... cutting room assistant
Vivalda Vigorelli .... continuity
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Furio Meniconi (uncredited)
Gino La Monica .... voice dubbing: David Hemmings (uncredited)
Emanuela Rossi .... voice dubbing: Nicoletta Elmi (uncredited)
Wanda Tettoni .... voice dubbing: Liana Del Balzo (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Profondo rosso" - Italy (original title)
"Profoundly Red" - Europe (English title) (informal literal English title)
"The Deep Red Hatchet Murders" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Hatchet Murders" - USA (censored version)
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Runtime:
126 min | USA:98 min (R-rated version) | Japan:106 min (theatrical version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (2006) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Australia:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (Original rating) | Chile:(Banned) | Chile:18 (video re-rating) | Finland:K-18 (2001) | France:-16 | France:X (Original rating) | Germany:18 (cut) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The role of Carlo's male transvestite lover, Massimo Ricci, was actually played by female actress Geraldine Hooper.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The text for "The House of the Screaming Child" contains a typo in the second paragraph. "The to friends" instead of "The two friends".See more »
Quotes:
Marc:Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Mad PuppetSee more »

FAQ

Why is some of the movie in English and some in Italian with English subtitles?
What are the differences between the old UK VHS by Redemption and the Uncensored Version?
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68 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece, depending on which version you see, 7 March 2005
Author: Libretio

DEEP RED (Profondo Rosso)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Techniscope)

Sound format: Mono

After witnessing the brutal murder of his psychic neighbor (Macha Meril) by person or persons unknown, a British musician in Rome (David Hemmings) obsesses over details of the crime and uncovers a series of clues which lead to further bloodshed and horror.

Released in Italy at 126 minutes, Dario Argento's seminal psycho-thriller was edited down to 105 minutes for European exhibition and further curtailed to 100 minutes for the American market, where it was dismissed by critics as an incoherent mess. In fact, this was Argento's return to the giallo format following a brief - and unlikely - detour into comedy (FIVE DAYS OF MILAN), and the first time he was allowed to 'cut loose' and indulge his unique sensibilities. All the elements of a classic Argento thriller are here: Eccentric characterizations, outlandish plot twists, and a series of Grand Guignol set-pieces that would revolutionize the genre. Using the wide, w-i-d-e screen to create a bold visual tapestry, Argento's film thrives on offbeat sounds and images: The child's song which pre-empts the shocking murders; the heart-stopping moment when Hemmings glimpses Meril at her apartment window as the killer lunges at her from behind (a shot which is both horrific and profoundly humane, all at the same time); the crazy-surreal mannikin which appears from nowhere and 'confronts' a potential victim; and the climactic revelation of the killer's identity as Hemmings finds damning evidence literally staring him in the face. Hemmings is the heart and soul of the entire picture, an innocent abroad whose inquisitive nature fails to mask his essential cowardice, and there are fine supporting performances by Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia and Clara Calamai in pivotal roles.

The European print which played outside Italy is a tightly-controlled whirlwind of horror and suspense, incorporating character development and violence cut from the American variant. However, the complete Italian version is another matter altogether: Except for the extra material added to Hemmings' search of 'The House of the Screaming Child' (where an important clue is literally concealed in the brickwork), the additional footage simply pads proceedings to breaking point. Whereas the characters were once defined by their experiences, the longer print includes lengthy dialogue exchanges which ramble well beyond their relevance to the plot. Still a masterpiece, the movie works best at 105 minutes, though the flawed Italian edition is no less sumptuous and invigorating.

Sadly, DEEP RED contains one of the most dubious images in Argento's entire filmography: A shot of a lizard impaled on a needle, done for real. This monstrous act of cruelty is inexcusable, given that Argento had hired ace effects technician Carlo Rambaldi, previously responsible for *simulated* animal carnage in Lucio Fulci's A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN (1971) which was so realistic, it landed the director in court!

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