User:milesbogus on Sat, 19 Aug 2006 15:05:53 +0000

Deep Red Written and directed by the Italian horror aficionado Dario Argento whose work has drawn numerous comparisons to Hitchcock, features an enticing blend of tricky camera work and his own Italian brand of Chianti-fueled misogyny. Argento tells the suspenseful tale of a telepathic medium, Helga Ulmann, whose psychic discovery of a killer in the midst of a crowded theater results in her eventual grisly murder. One question: if you can sense a murderer in a crowded theater, why couldn't you see the killer when they entered your apartment building or possibly before you went to answer the doorbell? Argento's film ignores this question and instead posits a new one: how cool would it be for the victim's neighbor Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), who looks a little like a slim-shouldered cross between Dudley Moore and Paul McCartney, to nominate himself as an ad-hoc homicide investigator, teaming up mysteriously with female journalist Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi) whom he meets at the crime scene? Admittedly, Argento's question produces a far more compelling plot and some zany moments of pure bloodlust. The soundtrack is fresh and invigorating, provided by the Goblins. After witnessing his neighbor's murder from a nearby courtyard, where he was shooting the breeze with his friend Carlo, a troubled but lovable lush, Marcus embroils himself in an investigation of Helga's murder. The investigation leads to childish creepy drawings and a family murder plot that resonates throughout the film. Argento includes cool, stylized close-ups of weapons, leather, and dolls (which serve as murderous talisman's for the film's killer). The murders are excitingly graphic and the final kill of the film is truly gruesome. Notables: Best lines: Carlo: "Good ole Carlo, he's not only a drunk but a faggot as well."; Carlo: "Here's to rape!" Most historically relevant death: "Good ole" Carlo's death by being dragged by a garbage truck through the streets of Rome is reminiscent of Mussolini's horrifying real-life death (he was killed and his mutilated corpse was defiled and dragged through the Italian streets for days). -Review by Eugenio W. Frenchini www.choicegrinds.com


User:milesbogus on Sat, 19 Aug 2006 15:05:53 +0000

Deep Red Written and directed by the Italian horror aficionado Dario Argento whose work has drawn numerous comparisons to Hitchcock, features an enticing blend of tricky camera work and his own Italian brand of Chianti-fueled misogyny. Argento tells the suspenseful tale of a telepathic medium, Helga Ulmann, whose psychic discovery of a killer in the midst of a crowded theater results in her eventual grisly murder. One question: if you can sense a murderer in a crowded theater, why couldn't you see the killer when they entered your apartment building or possibly before you went to answer the doorbell? Argento's film ignores this question and instead posits a new one: how cool would it be for the victim's neighbor Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), who looks a little like a slim-shouldered cross between Dudley Moore and Paul McCartney, to nominate himself as an ad-hoc homicide investigator, teaming up mysteriously with female journalist Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi) whom he meets at the crime scene? Admittedly, Argento's question produces a far more compelling plot and some zany moments of pure bloodlust. The soundtrack is fresh and invigorating, provided by the Goblins. After witnessing his neighbor's murder from a nearby courtyard, where he was shooting the breeze with his friend Carlo, a troubled but lovable lush, Marcus embroils himself in an investigation of Helga's murder. The investigation leads to childish creepy drawings and a family murder plot that resonates throughout the film. Argento includes cool, stylized close-ups of weapons, leather, and dolls (which serve as murderous talisman's for the film's killer). The murders are excitingly graphic and the final kill of the film is truly gruesome. Notables: Best lines: Carlo: "Good ole Carlo, he's not only a drunk but a faggot as well."; Carlo: "Here's to rape!" Most historically relevant death: "Good ole" Carlo's death by being dragged by a garbage truck through the streets of Rome is reminiscent of Mussolini's horrifying real-life death (he was killed and his mutilated corpse was defiled and dragged through the Italian streets for days). -Review by Eugenio W. Frenchini www.choicegrinds.com


User:h-milch on Wed, 30 Aug 2006 19:31:34 +0000

The movies has some really annoying points. A female reporter who is acting ridiculously way to much with her hands. "Elevator music" when the movie tries to create suspense. Bad video quality paired with some really dark scenes. I enjoyed this movie though. The last 30 minutes of it really got me hooked. I also was totally wrong about who the real murder was the whole film.


User:h-milch on Wed, 30 Aug 2006 19:31:34 +0000

The movies has some really annoying points. A female reporter who is acting ridiculously way to much with her hands. "Elevator music" when the movie tries to create suspense. Bad video quality paired with some really dark scenes. I enjoyed this movie though. The last 30 minutes of it really got me hooked. I also was totally wrong about who the real murder was the whole film.


User:supergojira on Fri, 03 Nov 2006 10:16:35 +0000

If you're any kind of horror fan you've got to appreciate Argento's cheesy but chilling brand of euro horror. Deep Red or Profundo Rosso as its more commonly known is a gem which im surprised is now in the public domain, if you enjoy this defintiely check out his other early works such as 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage', 'Cat O Nine Tails' and the stunning 'Suspiria'.


User:supergojira on Fri, 03 Nov 2006 10:16:35 +0000

If you're any kind of horror fan you've got to appreciate Argento's cheesy but chilling brand of euro horror. Deep Red or Profundo Rosso as its more commonly known is a gem which im surprised is now in the public domain, if you enjoy this defintiely check out his other early works such as 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage', 'Cat O Nine Tails' and the stunning 'Suspiria'.


User:tegugigalpo on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:39:16 +0000

Guys, beware - although this is a GREAT film, it is NOT in public domain at all. Also, this copy seems to be heavily pan&scanned from its original frame ratio. I would advise NOT to watch this copy and get a good one instead as this film deserves it.


User:tegugigalpo on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:39:16 +0000

Guys, beware - although this is a GREAT film, it is NOT in public domain at all. Also, this copy seems to be heavily pan&scanned from its original frame ratio. I would advise NOT to watch this copy and get a good one instead as this film deserves it.


User:squidge on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 23:31:46 +0000

The pan and scan American release cut of Deep Red has indeed been public domain for many years now. The longer European version is not.


User:squidge on Mon, 16 Apr 2007 23:31:46 +0000

The pan and scan American release cut of Deep Red has indeed been public domain for many years now. The longer European version is not.


User:orestes988 on Wed, 02 May 2007 21:42:46 +0000

agreed. watch the original cut available on dvd. argento is amazing and best in the original context most definitely.


User:orestes988 on Wed, 02 May 2007 21:42:46 +0000

agreed. watch the original cut available on dvd. argento is amazing and best in the original context most definitely.


User:roMancer on Thu, 25 Oct 2007 20:21:44 +0000

the film shouldn't be rated here, as this copy is really bad. i didn't know it was a different european-cut version which i must've seen a few years ago, and was really impressed by, but even if the cut is the same, the one here in it's pan-scanned format is an insult to italian maestro dario argento. watch it only if you need a reminder to support your local dvd store. :-)


User:roMancer on Thu, 25 Oct 2007 20:21:44 +0000

the film shouldn't be rated here, as this copy is really bad. i didn't know it was a different european-cut version which i must've seen a few years ago, and was really impressed by, but even if the cut is the same, the one here in it's pan-scanned format is an insult to italian maestro dario argento. watch it only if you need a reminder to support your local dvd store. :-)


User:roMancer on Thu, 25 Oct 2007 20:28:09 +0000

p.s.: watch the first (most upper left) of the thumbnails above, and you get an idea what's missing in this copy - there should be three persons quite fully visible! (if i recall correctly from watching the widescreen edition.) the cropping/panscanning is so drastic in this edition that sometimes you can hardly understand what's going on.


User:roMancer on Thu, 25 Oct 2007 20:28:09 +0000

p.s.: watch the first (most upper left) of the thumbnails above, and you get an idea what's missing in this copy - there should be three persons quite fully visible! (if i recall correctly from watching the widescreen edition.) the cropping/panscanning is so drastic in this edition that sometimes you can hardly understand what's going on.