Deep Red (original title Profondo rosso; also known as The Hatchet Murders) is a 1975 Italian giallo film, directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Bernardino Zapponi. It was released on 7 March 1975. It was produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento, and the film's score was composed and performed by Goblin. It stars David Hemmings as a music teacher who investigates a series of murders performed by a mysterious figure wielding a hatchet. Although the film was not a financial success internationally, the film has met with critical acclaim, and is the most well-known giallo film to date.
I only watched one film last week, but that film was Profondo Rosso (Deep Red)... on the big screen... in Rome, Italy! I could go a year without watching another film and it would still be more than worth it.
My favorite Argento film. His scariest and most composed expedition into the psyche of a mysterious murderer, it isn't just the single best work of the rock and roll European slashers, it remains one of the very best horror films of all time, carving out it's own maddening style that I think is still unparalleled 37 years later. Sure, it slows down in parts, but the quiet moments really resonate with sudden bursts of insanity that again, are pretty much unmatched in the watered down world of horror in 2012. The genre is in dire straits and needs a Renaissance man to come in and shock the world with something new.
Groovy kills, groovy soundtrack= Happy Grooveman.
I haven't seen as many Argento films as I'd have liked to admit, but of those that I have seen, I've liked, if only for the incredible style that he attributes to those films.
This is no exception-- wait, it may be an exception, because although it takes the same giallo style of his Animal Trilogy, it is so much more accomplished. I never thought I'd see a film in the style of Bird with the Crystal Plumage done any better, but here, I think I have. In much the same way, every shot is gorgeous.
However, what I think Deep Red possibly does better lies in the story which accompanies those images; it's so much more slick. Some of…
It may not be Dario Argento's finest film but Deep Red certainly proves that he is Godfather of European suspense cinema.
It's beautifully shot and will be remembered as one of Argento's most stylish films which helps forgive the predictable plot. Yet, Argento's execution is almost perfect, and as always, the bloody demise of characters are superbly managed; the boiling-water drowning is delectably nasty. His fifth film is packed with wonderful trademarks: the black-gloved killer, a disorienting score and his former muse, Daria Nicolodi but this is the only film in Argento career that plays with a homosexual subtext (is the lead protagnist actually gay? Is he attracted to his gay friend, Carlo) and deep familial scarring (are we made…
It's always great to revisit Deep Red but being able to watch it in a theater in Rome, Italy after visiting the Profondo Rosso store the same day, it's unspeakably AWESOME. Yeah, I had to watch it in Italian but who cares, I've seen it enough times to know exactly what was going on and the sheer joy brought to me by watching it with an Italian audience was irreplaceable.
"Gianna? Gianna! Someone's ABSOLUTELY trying to kill me, ya know?"
I first saw this film about four years ago, and despite liking it I don't think it made a big impression on me because I remembered nothing. Returning to this film - I'm not sure why or how I managed to forget almost all of it. There's some genuinely brilliant shots and a wonderful score and a couple of nicely tense and creepy scenes. Deep Red is a great little film and I'd say it works as quite a nice introduction to Italian horror cinema - although experts may have other/better suggestions.
I am surprised because I quite enjoyed this! A musician witnesses the murder of a psychic and decides to find her killer, but then finds that the killer knows what he is doing and murdering those who could help. It's a very silly story but the suspense is maintained well and the story pretty much makes sense in a "cast aside common sense because it's an Italian horror film" way.
It's on Lovefilm Instant until 31st May.
This is #5 of My Thoughts on Horror Cinema list!
At first sight, the story in “Deep Red” is ordinary and predictable. Mysterious killer, good guy and girl investigate and they succeed in their search during the movie... Succeed?
In the hands of a weak filmmaker, the development of this kind of plot might be incredibly dull. Fortunately, it’s not Dario Argento’s situation. Italian director switches mystic atmospheres rationality and abstractionism using his accurate aesthetic sense to provide a shocking experience, shaped in extremely powerful ways.
First thing that caught my attention was the use of inserts of objects and ambiances at the beginning of the movie, that lately might be connected to the killer. I suspected promptly these inserts…
After witnessing a gruesome murder, a pianist tries to unveil the identity of a serial killer. Plot makes no sense at all but masterful (and flashy) direction shape it into and exhilarating (and unimitable) blend of style, violence and quirky humour. Almost a gory companion piece to Antonioni's "Blow Up", this is Dario Argento's undisputed masterpiece
I've never attended a séance or been to any conference on the supernatural but imagine them to be harmless affairs. A few entertaining tricks by the performers on stage, raised (albeit hollow) hopes for the recently bereaved and a few 'how on earth did he know that?' moments. Witnessing the opening scenes of Profondo Rosso, it's evident horror master Dario Argento thinks they should be far more dramatic.
Full review here:
+ Great death sequences and definitely a Dario Argento film because of the retarded red paint blood
+ Funky music
+ Some cool sets and camera movements.
- no tits
- couldn't be bothered reading the movie most of the time but it didn't seem to bad. I learnt what a leitmotif was.
- why did he tell the extras to stand completely still?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I will forever be terrified of those old fashioned elevators in cages. I'm not kidding. My favorite Dario Argento work.