Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Deep Red

(1975) ****

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Dario Argento movies. It's very rare in the horror genre to find a director that you can actually respect as an artist. Argento takes his craft very seriously with elaborate, shocking death scenes and somewhat cryptic storytelling. (I readily admit though, that his movies are not for everybody). Deep Red is one of his better works as it is a cohesive, engaging murder mystery sharing common ground with both Hitchcock and David Lynch. The tale centers around a jazz pianist that witnesses a nasty murder. He quickly becomes obsessed with identifying and catching the killer. As he gets closer and closer to this goal, the body count starts to pile up and each murder is a tad more vicious. Devilish good fun fueled by a scorching Goblin soundtrack.

Interestingly, my copy of Deep Red appears to be a director's cut filmed half in English and half Italian. Frequently Italian horror directors would record a full Italian version and then a butchered English version because as Americans, we are proud to have no attention span. I had seen the crap version a few years back and this one was much more satisfying.


Octopunk said...

This story sounds very like Argento's Bird with the Crystal Plumage, except there's a jazz player in place of a writer.

Argento rocks. His daughter is hot, too.

Summerisle said...

Yeah, it was very similar to Bird With the Crystal Plumage. Love that one too. Asia Argento is great. She was probably the best thing about Land of the Dead... Thanks for posting the pics!

Summerisle said...

Welp, I ain't gonna be posting tomorray as I'm taking the day off to get a filling replaced (and watch movies). If I had planned it better I would've rented the Dentist!