Deep Red 1975 ****

Dario Argento’s Deep Red is a clever riff on Blow Up, featuring the same star David Hemmings, and working a fresh variation of the idea of a man who witnesses a murder and has to put together the fragments of memory to unmask the killer. Marcus Daly (Hemmings) is a jazz pianist in Rome who sees a famous psychic struck down; he embarks on a search for the killer with the help of a reporter (Daria Nicoldi), and gets more than he bargained for. With an aggressive score by Goblin, Argento demonstrates why he’s the giallo master; clockwork toys, tinkling children’s songs, and brutal, bloody murders make Deep Red a genre classic.


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