Day 28 of the NOFS podcast 31-day horror challenge has the theme of seeing “red”. After a little bit of thinking I knew what my choice was going to be. Deep Red was the first movie that came to my mind, mostly because the theme is in the name. It gave me a reason to watch it after not getting a chance to previously. Boy howdy am I glad I finally watched it. I knew that I enjoyed Italian horror movie but now I know that I love giallo movies as well.
Deep Red was directed by Dario Argento. It was written by Argento and Bernardino Zapponi. This also has the name in Italian of Profondo Rosso, which is also the name of the store Argento has in Rome. I’m a huge fan of Argento, mostly through his Three Mothers trilogy. This was also the first movie that he teamed with Goblin for but more on that in a bit.
Deep Red stars David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, and Clara Calamai. The only person in the cast that I recognized was Daria Nicolodi and that’s because she was a regular Dario Argento’s movies, mostly because they were married. David Hemmings does a great job at his role as the lead.
The plot of Deep Red kicks off after a psychic named Helga is murdered in her apartment the night after seeing the thoughts of someone at a conference. The end of her murder is spotted by jazz musician Marcus Daily, who lives in the same building. He tries to help Helga but is too late. He then become entangled with a reporter named Gianna Brezzi as they both investigate the murder.
I really want to talk about the score that Goblin did for Deep Red. I am a huge fan of the score for Suspiria but I was not prepared for how good this score was. Every piece just adds to the tension and there are some pretty amazing beats throughout. This has usurped the role of my favorite Goblin score. The effects all look great still, even with the bright technicolor blood.
Deep Red is an amazing murder mystery. I will gladly say that I incorrectly guessed who the killer was at least five different times. I watched it on Shudder but fully mean to buy it on physical media. I give Deep Red a 10 creepy walking dolls out of 10.