Profondo Rosso (1975)

Profondo Rosso (1975, ITA) C-126m. SCOPE **** D: Dario Argento. Starring David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni, Clara Calamai, Nicoletta Elmi. Superbly stylish direction and brilliant photography in one of the best psycho horror thrillers ever made. American pianist Hemmings witnesses a murder during a stay in Rome and becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of the black-gloved killer. Gory murders backed by an insane, creepy rock-music score (by Goblin, no less) make for a frightening experience. Several scenes are bound to drive you up the wall! One of the few Argento films where the plot is actually good, this is arguably his best achievement. An artistic triumph, with one of the most astounding camerawork ever (by Luigi Kuveiller, assisted by Ubaldo Terzano). Written by Dario Argento and Bernardino Zapponi (a Fellini regular). Produced by Salvatore and Claudio Argento. Edited by Franco Fraticelli. Most prints run around 100m., you would do well to avoid them. English titles: DEEP RED, and THE HATCHET MURDERS.


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