Reviewer's Rating 5 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso) (1975)

David Hemmings begins to understand how Angela Lansbury must feel as he's witness to another bizarre murder, just as in "Blow-Up". Admittedly it's a lot more violent this time but then he's seen nothing yet as director Dario Argento puts him and the viewer through this stirring and uncompromising thriller.

Hemmings rushes to the rescue after witnessing a woman being pushed through her apartment window. Only in typical Argento style she hasn't actually fallen through it. Rather, she's impregnated on shards that are slowly slicing through her body. Unfortunately for her he's too late but when the police arrive Hemmings starts to suspect that he's seen a vital clue, although he's not sure yet what it is. He sets out to find more and plunges into a terrifying world that has key people around him being knocked off in grotesque and exceptionally violent ways.

This is not a film for the faint-hearted but unlike some Argento movies that are all gory style over substance, "Deep Red" is a stunning thriller. Its power lies in both its ability to unsettle and the unpredictable course of events that take you to the edge of your seat in a truly gripping finale.

Argento uses the camera with real purpose, rendering even daylight locations sinister and dangerous. He unlocks primal fears in the audience through his use of children's toys and a hideous mannequin. All this builds to a protracted conclusion that ensures the frazzled viewer is not left disappointed. Clever and utterly stylish, this is a film that sits in your mind long after it's over.

Deleted on UK video, you can source this film on a new American DVD.

End Credits

Director: Dario Argento

Writer: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi

Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni, Giuliana Calandra, Glauco Mauri

Genre: Thriller

Country: Italy