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Deep Red

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest


The murder of a composer's neighbor has ties to the occult book the tunesmith is currently reading.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    95%
  • Audience Score
    86%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    95%
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  • Audience

    86%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Not bad. Not great. Worth a rental.

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The inimitable David Hemmings steals much of the show, but it's Argento's trademark candy-red blood, appearing here in copious volumes, which really turns the stomach.

- Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com, Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Fresh:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Marc: Gianna! Gianna! There's someone in the house... absolutely trying to kill me, ya'know? "You will NEVER forget it!!!" First off, I'm not going to act like I know a lot about Dario Argento or his films. To this point of my life, the only films I have seen of his are Suspiria and now, Deep Red. Both of which are touted as his best. I liked Suspiria a lot more than I did Deep Red, but this film isn't without its merits. I'm sure hardcore Argento fans could tell me why Deep Red is so widely loved, but I don't really see it. Sure there's a lot to take away from it. There's some great kill scenes and some really stylish work, but kills and style have never completely won me over. Deep Red seems to be missing something for me to think of it as one of the best slasher horror films ever. Maybe I'm missing something. I guy named Marcus witnesses the killing of a famous psychic who saw into the mind of the killer. Marcus then teams up with a journalist to find the murderer. It's more a detective story then a true slasher film, and there's nothing wrong with that. Argento always knows when to bump up the tension and there are numerous creepy images including dolls hanging from the ceiling and a wind up, mannequin-ish boy that walks across the room. Where this movie differs from Suspiria is with the atmosphere. I felt that it was lacking the great atmosphere of Suspiria. It may sound like I really hated this film, but I actually enjoyed it. I just fail to see why it has been praised as one of the best ever. It's a good, solid, classic horror film, but it isn't the best. Maybe I'll revisit it in ten years or so after seeing most of Argento's films and I'll have a new appreciation for it. To this point though, I just don't see it. I won't deny that it is completely interesting though. There's some really cool camera work and some great ideas. I loved the usage of the whole, "I saw a painting that disappeared" aspect of the film. Sure it had its whole symbolic usage, but it also lead to the amazing finish and the coolest kill of all. Maybe I don't see why this is so highly acclaimed, but I do see the interest in it. I didn't love it like I thought I would, but I still liked it enough. It's quite possible that I expected to much. I was blown away by Suspiria and I had been led to believe that Deep Red was even better. Maybe with more viewings, I will like Deep Red more than I did the first time, but I guarantee I will never like it more then Suspiria.

- blkbomb, Friday, July 27, 2012

4 stars

A minor masterpiece of 70's horror. Like Suspiria, Argento turns the genre upside down with his bright colors and well lit sets, a technique that brings fear out of the shadows and sets it squarely in your lap.

- flixsterman, Saturday, February 18, 2012

0 star

Completely trashy piece of giallo from over-rated Dario Argento. This one does not even has the usually surreal and wild color palette that is trademark of his movies. Instead it has bad acitng from David Hemmings and Daria Nicoldi, with awful rock-score that totally destroys any possible chance for this film to gain any suspense.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012