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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.
Finally I got to see Argento's "masterpiece", and I guess I can remove the apostrophes. Elegant as few. The soundtrack and cinematography are the stars in this one, Argento is like a majestic painter with the camera... Irresistibly tough.
As perfect a 70s thriller as I could hope to see... the music, the tension, the hilarious gore, the evil child, the easy-to-follow plot which makes very little sense. A lot of humor, and very easy on the eyes.
Possibly Dario's best. Unforgettable score. The US cut is actually a little better, IMHO; less detail to the story, but a fair bit of the silly stuff is also excised. As Duncan Shepherd puts it, this is Dario's movie that takes us deepest into darkness. That David Hemmings dresses exactly the way he did in _Blowup_ makes this seem even more like a corruption and a nightmare
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.
Slick, stylish, decadent, suspenseful thriller, with a disquieting atmosphere that continually puts its audience, like its victims, off-balance. Hemmings's character owes much to his role in Antonioni's _Blow Up_.
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.
The best Italian giallo slasher. Good mood masterfully created with Goblin's music. Mixes traditional contentions (man/woman). Rescreening did not change the score; maybe a bit ageing story. I did like the building where the killer used to live and wonder was it a set or a real thing. Extra close-up camera pan on toys was still stunning.
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.
The first Argento film I saw and it's a relatively standard mystery-suspense film (with buckets of stylised blood and gore, of course), but it's still really effective and it does feel like it's been a while since I saw a mystery film that actually had a conclusion (I blame Michael Haneke!)