Friday, February 5, 2010

Deep Red Review

Deep Red

This week I was fortunate enough to see Deep Red, the director’s cut. It’s quite the film and really a stroke of genius from Dario Argento. If you haven’t seen this film, you owe yourself a little gift. Here’s my attempt to review the 1975 Dario Argento Giallo classic thriller, Deep Red.

The film is a mystery thriller, and from the opening shots you can tell it’s an Argento film. The color saturation, the stylized artwork and the camera on a string technique is a marvelous thing when watching Argento films. I love how the colors are so vivid, even many years later. Deep Red starts off with some creepy music, as Goblin once again comes through with an amazing set of songs. You gotta love the sound on these films.

The movie revolves around a music professor that is investigating the violent murder of a psychic. Just like Tenebre, this film has first person view kills with some sick blood and gore effects. These are not light weight death sequences, they are artistic in a lot of different ways.

The film goes in and out between English dubbing and an Italian language track, so that might be a downside for some. I found it to be fine, and stayed with it despite these glaring drops.

Here’s a trailer for the film Deep Red:

The pace to this film is tough. Seriously, this film takes a long time to set up, and spends a lot of time between death scenes to set up the climax and finale. If you’re not familiar with this style of film making, you’re going to really dislike this one. It’s not paced like a break neck roller coaster, it’s paced with a style that only Argento can lay claim to. Just like Tenebre, this film ends with a quick surprise ending and amazing sequence of death that ties the whole film together.

Is Deep Red Scary: Yes.

This film is scary because the characters are treated as something more than just disposable characters. Seriously, this film knocks you to the ground with each death. You think you know who it is, you count on the finale to reveal your suspected character is the one that is doing the dirty work, but nope, you get thrown for a loop.

This film is quite good, and has some real scary moments. I know this topical review to an over 2 hour long film is really not giving Argento justice, but I don’t know how to really push the grammar out to explain the nuances of this film. There are so many points to this film that I can’t simply cast a review that will give it enough justice. Check out Deep Red as an instant classic, both in scope and storytelling. You won’t regret it.


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  1. jervaise brooke hamsterDecember 14, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    I still think Dario Argento is a ludicrously over-rated film-maker and David Hemmings is a worthless pile of garbage simply because he is British.

  2. I don't think he's over rated, but then again, I haven't made anything worth watching, ever


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