Deep Red

(Profondo rosso)
Italy 1975. Dir: Dario Argento. 126 min. DCP

“Argento’s first full-fledged masterpiece.”
ED GONZALEZ, SLANT MAGAZINE

4K RESTORATION! After a brief hiatus from giallo fare, Dario Argento returned to — and, some would say, damn-near perfected! — the stalk-and-slash thriller with Deep Red, his blood-bathed reworking of Antonioni’s modernist milestone Blow-Up. David Hemmings (also of Antonioni’s 1966 meta-mystery) stars as Marcus Daly, a British jazz pianist in Rome who one night witnesses the brutal axe-murder of a neighbour in her home. Rushing to the gruesome scene, Marcus notices something unusual amid the apartment’s décor — a painting, he later recalls, now eerily missing. Convinced it holds the key to the killer’s identity, Marcus follows a bizarre string of breadcrumbs — a children’s song, a macabre folktale, a book entitled House of the Screaming Child — all while being pursued by the hatchet-wielding psychopath. The newly rechristened prog-rock band Goblin, in their first collaboration with Argento, clinched the soundtrack gig when Pink Floyd passed. Argento’s own hands stand in for the killer’s.

Please note: This is a 4K restoration of the English-dubbed version. It includes scenes originally cut from the North American theatrical release, which are in Italian with English subtitles.


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"Undoubtedly the finest of Argento's thrilling horrors."

Empire | full review