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Summary: 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.
Sweet soundtrack, nice cinematography, cool performance by Daria Nicolodi. The plot is a fairly straight-up murder mystery with a lot of red herrings, but the film's got great style and characters. Argento would reach greater heights, but this one is still a lot of fun.
Highly suspenseful and involving giallo with a faint element of the uncanny. It pretty much contains all of the qualities of a classic Argento flick with very few flaws. The acting is surprisingly solid and the plot even makes sense. The visual style with flowing camera moves and feverish color is unmistakable and the score by Goblin simply brilliant. Of all the Argentos this is probably the most accessible. Every element is cohesively used to explore the main themes of memory and repression.
It's a bizarre world when Suspiria's more popular than Deep Red. It may not have the intoxicating visual design of Argento's more successful thriller, but Deep Red overall comes out on top by giving more attention to the thing Suspiria neglected: its script. With an immediately psychologically interesting killer (and thus interesting mystery), great chemistry and banter between the two leads that can be surprisingly funny, and excellent creeping camerawork, Deep Red should be a classic thriller.
I'm a giallo fan, and this ranks right at the top. For me, it's definitely Argento's best. His use of the POV-camera, as well as the audicious way in which he dared to set up the reveal of the killer, blew me away.
Damn fantastic use of the medium. The colour, the camera movement, the score, every aspect of the aesthetic composition is exactly as it should be to inspire a reaction from the audience. The content itself doesn't really merit 2 hours but it's a minor complaint and completely forgivable for such great presentation.
Forget Suspiria, THIS is Dario Argento's masterpiece. It's about a British jazz pianist in Rome who witnesses the brutal cleaver murder of a psychic woman. He ends up as a suspect and teams up with a female journalist to unravel the crime and prove his innocence. Typical of Argento, this is a slow paced two hours of lush visuals (including a few nasty killings) that doesn't make a ton of sense, leading up to the final 5 minutes which explains everything and throws in a nice shocker.
Lots of visceral satisfaction to be found here, and a few legitimate scares, though nothing as nerve biting as the best Suspiria scenes. Deep Red is seeped in Hitchcock and Freudian lore, for better or for worse, in a way that almost out-Depalma's Depalma.
If this is Argento's masterpiece I would hate to have to sit through one of his "lesser works"! Tedious beyond belief, ham acting, grating soundtrack, weird unexplained characters, pathetic special effects, chock full of "horror" cliches and a script that made every character look like they were complete imbeciles ... Hemmings emotional lexicon runs all the way from A to A+. This almost makes "Dont Look Now" (a very similar looking film) seem good, except at least Deep Red has a reasonable story
I'm surprised I don't hear people talk about this movie more. It definitely rises above some of the more famous "classics" like Friday the 13th. The only bad things I'll say are that the ending is kind of unsatisfying, and the background music is really strange. Like, sometimes mood-breaking.