Monday, November 18, 2013

Deep Red (1975)

Original title: Profondo Rosso

Director: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi

Composer: Goblin, Giorgio Gaslini

Starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Meril, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Piero Mazzinghi, Glauco Mauri, Clara Calamai, Aldo Bonamano

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When was the last time you were REALLY SCARED!!!? PSYCHO? The EXORCIST? JAWS? Now there's DEEP RED.

Plot: A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Featured on Stephen Romano Presents Shock Festival (part of the TRAILER TRASH PROJECT)

It's been many years since I saw this flick and what stayed with me were some fantastic imagery and an incredible main theme.  I didn't remember much about the story, the characters or the ending.  To me, that's Dario Argento in a nutshell.  He's a master of color, light and composition.  It seems as though that's often the case with him, style over substance, something I have no problem with (sometimes).  With this picture, though, he's got both, which makes this one knockout of a picture.  I recently saw this in a theater on a giant screen and it was magnificent and hearing Goblin's fantastic score in that setting just made the night.  You really get to absorb yourself in it when you see movies blown up like that.  Remember that scene where the mechanical doll shows up?  I completely forgot about it and it freaked me the fuck out.  It couldn't be more out of left field, bizarre and have no bearing on the story or even make the first lick of sense but having it provided a very powerful moment that I can't imagine this film without.  It was batshit nuts and I loved it.  I really dig this flick and I have a renewed appreciation for it.  I'm looking forward to seeing it again, especially if there's a special edition DVD/Blu-ray out there with lots of extras I can delve into.

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