Dario Argento's stylish giallo thriller is clearly so perfectly done that it was hard to ever top this later. Artistic murder set pieces blended with the music of Goblin make this a beautiful film. See the opening scene and the big influence on "Halloween" a few years later. As with all Argento's films story substance is lacking over style, but this is such an absorbing visual experience it is hard to not love it.
Beautifully shot and edited, this colorful, mysterious and suspenseful piece of Italian horror is definitely a feast for the senses. The phenomenal use of the camera, accompanied by a outright killer soundtrack makes this a tremendously gripping and entertaining experience. Strongly recommended.
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.