An English jazz pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal hatchet murder of a renowned psychic and is quickly drawn into the savage crime. With the help of a tenacious female reporter, the pair track a twisted trail of deranged clues and relentless violence towards a shocking climax that has ripped screams from the throats of audiences for more than 30 years!DEEP RED stars David Hemmings (BLOW-UP) and Daria Nicolodi (PHENOMENA, TENEBRE), and is widely considered by both fans and critics alike to be Dario Argento’s true masterpiece. Now, with the cooperation of the maestro himself, this classic shocker is presented in its full-length Director’s Cut – remixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital, uncut and uncensored for the first time ever!
The thing to remember about Dario Argento's movies is that style is treated with more importance than plot or dialogue. "Deep Red" has little in the way of original plot (owing much to Antonioni's "Blow Up" or Argento's own "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage"), and some of the interaction between David Hemmings and Daria Nicolodi is painful to watch and listen to. The fact that the language sometimes switches back and forth between Italian and English in the middle of a scene is only a minor distraction, but it doesn't do much in the film's favour.
I can't agree with those who describe this as Argento's best, but it's still a very entertaining couple of hours (probably closer to 3.5 stars). Inventive killings, several red herrings to keep the viewer on edge (including one which, admittedly, is so blindingly obvious that it made me wonder how Hemmings' character took so long to realise it himself - see point 4 above), and an underlying sense of malice running through the entire film make for an uncomfortable experience....but it's uncomfortable in a good way. A word of warning, though: if you're *too* perceptive, you'll know the killer's identity very early in the movie. It's a question of knowing where to look.
Aside from the constant switching between languages, my only real gripe with the film would be its soundtrack.Read more ›
Starring David Hemmings (who recently passed away) and Dario's real life squeeze Daria Nicolodi, "Deep Red" continually reminded me of his first picture, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage" because Argento presents with essentially the same set up.Read more ›