Considered by many to be Dario Argento's first masterpiece, Deep Red recalls his first hit, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. British star David Hemmings (Blow-Up) plays an American jazz pianist who witnesses a brutal, bloody murder from afar and turns detective to find the killer. Kooky Italian journalist Daria Nicolodi (Argento's wife and cowriter on Suspiria) joins him as comic relief and tepid romantic interest, but the real costar is Argento's high style: gliding camera, razor-sharp editing, and gorgeous but gruesome set pieces. The story is convoluted, to say the least--plotting was never Argento's strong suit and the unnecessary exposition often drags the film down--but his vivid, horrific imagery is perfect for a thriller driven by haunting memories. Deep Red was originally released in the U.S. in a severely cut version retitled The Hatchet Murders (odd since the killer uses a butcher's knife). Producer Bill Lustig has restored the film to its original two-hour-plus running time, though some scenes exist only with Italian-language soundtracks (which are subtitled). It's a bit jarring at first (it makes for an unintended joke when a man suddenly checks his hearing aid after a language switch), but it's the only way to see Argento's original cut. There's also a brief 25th anniversary documentary with Argento and cowriter Bernardino Zapponi, and the DVD offers a choice of English and Italian language versions. --Sean Axmaker
This is one unique movie. I'm slowly becoming a fan Argento and this is so far my favorite of his films, though it should be noted that I have not yet seen all his films. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2008 by Jenny J.J.I.
This is a gem of a horror movie with its many moods and dimensions. The feeling of terror starts early when a clairvoyant giving a demonstration suddenly experiences a panic attack... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2007 by Peter Uys
The movie is long and slow. The uncut version is about 2 hours. The music sounds like it came from a 70s porn movie. The only good part were the original murders.Published on July 7 2004 by chicoer2003
To make this review shorter, I won't go on about the plot or the plot twists and the characters and such. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Wrathchild862000
When a psychic mind reader picks up on the thoughts of a murderer, little did he know that he'd soon become a victim! Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Zacc
I love Fulci's movies. In the past two years with the help of the internet and Amazon in particular, Ive pursued his work. Read morePublished on May 4 2004
One of Argento's finest giallos ever! I just can't say enough about this movie! I am going to issue a 5 star rating to counter-balance the trolls who come here and post... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by N. Torres