Deep Red (Profondo rosso)


Deep Red (Profondo rosso)

Critics Consensus

The kinetic camerawork and brutal over-the-top gore that made Dario Argento famous is on full display, but the addition of a compelling, complex story makes Deep Red a masterpiece.



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The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly despite the plethora of copycat slasher films it inspired in the years to follow. The film opens with a flashback murder shown from the perspective of a child while an eerie nursery rhyme plays. Cut to the present, pianist Marc Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of a psychic while chatting with his drunken pal, Carlo (Gabriele Lavia). While the police investigate, Marc joins forces with attractive reporter Gianna (Daria Nicolodi). Once Marc realizes that he is a target for the killer, he seeks help from Giordani (Glauco Mauri), a professor of the paranormal, who soon becomes one of the killer's victims. Marc's research leads him to an abandoned house where he discovers a secret room that hides a corpse. Before he can call the cops, he is knocked out and awakens to find the place in flames while Gianna holds him. Racing to the neighbors to call for help, Marc discovers an important clue that leads him to a nearby school where he finally finds the killer's identity. The madman attacks him, but the police arrive to save Marc. Though the case appears to be solved, Marc comes to the disturbing realization that one piece of the puzzle remains. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Deep Red (Profondo rosso)

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Audience Reviews for Deep Red (Profondo rosso)

  • Nov 18, 2014
    Probably the best Argento movie that sums up rather well his career on the giallo genre, Deep Red is a complexly structured movie, with plenty of details you'll miss at first but make a second run through all the better. The cinematography created a benchmark for the genre and with tons of memorable scenes at every corner, Deep Red is a true classic of the genre.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2013
    A phenomenal movie. Complex, engrossing script with a great twist ending, amazing cinematography, and ingenious use of bright red blood. Truly an amazing film.
    Matt P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    Marc: Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know?  "You will NEVER forget it!!!" First off, I'm not going to act like I know a lot about Dario Argento or his films. To this point of my life, the only films I have seen of his are Suspiria and now, Deep Red. Both of which are touted as his best. I liked Suspiria a lot more than I did Deep Red, but this film isn't without its merits. I'm sure hardcore Argento fans could tell me why Deep Red is so widely loved, but I don't really see it. Sure there's a lot to take away from it. There's some great kill scenes and some really stylish work, but kills and style have never completely won me over. Deep Red seems to be missing something for me to think of it as one of the best slasher horror films ever. Maybe I'm missing something. I guy named Marcus witnesses the killing of a famous psychic who saw into the mind of the killer. Marcus then teams up with a journalist to find the murderer. It's more a detective story then a true slasher film, and there's nothing wrong with that. Argento always knows when to bump up the tension and there are numerous creepy images including dolls hanging from the ceiling and a wind up, mannequin-ish boy that walks across the room. Where this movie differs from Suspiria is with the atmosphere. I felt that it was lacking the great atmosphere of Suspiria. It may sound like I really hated this film, but I actually enjoyed it. I just fail to see why it has been praised as one of the best ever. It's a good, solid, classic horror film, but it isn't the best. Maybe I'll revisit it in ten years or so after seeing most of Argento's films and I'll have a new appreciation for it. To this point though, I just don't see it. I won't deny that it is completely interesting though. There's some really cool camera work and some great ideas. I loved the usage of the whole, "I saw a painting that disappeared" aspect of the film. Sure it had its whole symbolic usage, but it also lead to the amazing finish and the coolest kill of all. Maybe I don't see why this is so highly acclaimed, but I do see the interest in it. I didn't love it like I thought I would, but I still liked it enough. It's quite possible that I expected to much. I was blown away by Suspiria and I had been led to believe that Deep Red was even better. Maybe with more viewings, I will like Deep Red more than I did the first time, but I guarantee I will never like it more then Suspiria.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2012
    One of Argento's best, a giallo that features ultra violence. The camera work was pin point perfect, so was the lighting. Acting could be slightly better, but the sotry itself was enough to carry the movie on. (Although slightly predictable) A must watch
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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