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Synopsis

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 target for the killer, he seeks help from Giordani (Glauco Mauri), a professor of the paranormal, who soon becomes one of the killer's victims. Marc's research leads him to an abandoned house where he discovers a secret room that hides a corpse. Before he can call the cops, he is knocked out and awakens to find the place in flames while Gianna holds him. Racing to the neighbors to call for help, Marc discovers an important clue that leads him to a nearby school where he finally finds the killer's identity. The madman attacks him, but the police arrive to save Marc. Though the case appears to be solved, Marc comes to the disturbing realization that one piece of the puzzle remains.~ Patrick Legare, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • David Hemmings
  • Daria Nicolodi
  • Gabriele Lavia
  • Macha Méril
  • Eros Pagni
  • Giuliana Calandra
  • Piero Mazzinghi
  • Glauco Mauri
  • Clara Calamai
  • Aldo Bonamano

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Character recalls clues from memory.
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Goofs

  • When Helga Ulmann is introduced during the séance, she is said to be Lithuanian. When her murder is announced on the TV later in the film she is said to be German.
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Quotes

    • Marcus Daly: Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know?
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Metacritic

100

Deep Red is a riveting thriller whose secrets carefully unravel via a series of carefully calibrated compositions that become not unlike virtual gateways into Freudian pasts.

Metacritic review by Ed Gonzalez
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
88

A great horror film about a weak man who, gazing into a vibrant pool of freshly spilled blood, learns just how little he ultimately knows.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
80

Undoubtedly the finest of Argento's thrilling horrors, this one takes the radical step, for the director at least, to concentrate on a plot that equals the shocking visuals of his other works. David Hemmings is well cast and is given a great script which genuinely frights.

Metacritic review by William Thomas
William Thomas
Empire