Unlike Suspiria the films doesn't offer that much visually. The first few minutes are great but the film drags on. Some turns are as usual silly and the writing is weak, with elements popping up only when you need them to push the plot forward and leaving after serving their purpose. The murder scenes are good fun however.
Although it's probably churlish to suggest, but this film would benefit from editing down solely to it's half-dozen surges of Grand Guignol horror as there is little else besides the undoubted visual flair to sustain two hours, certainly not the wooden marionette-like characterisation, incongruous rock music score or plot schisms. However I suppose the door into this film is clearly labelled...
While I am by no means a Dario Argento aficionado, of what I've seen - DEEP RED is easily my favorite film of his oeuvre. What surprised me wasn't the horror and shocking gore, it was his human moments. The best scene Argento has ever directed is the arm-wrestling scene in this film. It's hilarious and had me giddy. The rest of the film is beautiful and shocking with a haunting score that was sampled in Noe's LOVE.
This was so good. So many twists, grisly murders, awesome cinematography and colours. Almost constant suspense and even the humorous aspects heightened the tension because they didn't fit in with the scene. No wonder Dario Argento is so respected amongst filmmakers.
Vanguardist mise en scene, light and sound and a gripping camerawork utilised with grandiose architectural precision. Argento's avant garde and baroque style of cinema delivers a deep sensorial experience underpinned by an electric score arguably not matched by the imprecise and pedestrian plot and a sort of gore infused with Looney Tunes influences rather than a more formal and serious take on the horror genre.
Can't usually watch horror films but this one is so funny (I'm not sure its supposed to be) and stylish that its impossible not to get drawn in. Italians love their drama, but this film isn't exactly progressive in its approach to mental health issues ! The music score is great and adds to the peculiarity of the whole experience. A masterclass in colour. light and shadow. Interested to see more Argento now.