Deep Red (Profondo rosso)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Operating under the principle that a moving camera is always better than a static one, and not above throwing in a terrifying evil doll, Deep Red showcases the technical bravado and loopy shock tactics that made Argento famous."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's a masterpiece for Argento."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A tough, uncompromising tale from Dario Argento."
‑ , Film4
"The inimitable David Hemmings steals much of the show, but it's Argento's trademark candy-red blood, appearing here in copious volumes, which really turns the stomach."
‑ Christopher Null,
"I don't think that Dario Argento, the director, meant to distance us from the action in this way. He's simply a director of incomparable incompetence."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A great introduction to Dario Argento's evolving style of horror."
‑ , Total Film
"Argento never made a better movie."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Undoubtedly the finest of Argento's thrilling horrors."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Not bad. Not great. Worth a rental."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Beauty and horror, these are Argento's braided elements"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"I'm not comfortable with any definition of "great cinema" that doesn't include Deep Red."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Another exercise in cinematic style from Argento."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gorgeous as it is gruesome."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"One of Argento's very best works."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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