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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.
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.
One of the great giallos and Argento's second best film. It's not as stylish as Suspiria, but the story is superior and it has some equally inspired sequences (the creepy doll, for example), as well as some fantastic, cringe inducing gore effects.
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!)
I realise that this film is considered one of the best and perhaps archetypal Argento film, containing many of the classic elements central to his oeuvre. However for me it was nothing more than just that, a collection of elements. Having seen Crystal Plumage and Cat O' Nine Tails, I was disappointed at how similar the story is again here. Identical structure, too many similarities, same problems (saggy middle). I wish Argento had left his comfort zone more often. The best part? Goblin's music.
Deep Red's a lesser work than the supreme likes of Argento's finest films -- Suspiria, Opera and Sleepless -- but such a fact takes nothing away from its individual achievements. It's another audaciously structured, visually superlative work of Giallo cinema from one of Italy's finest filmmakers.