director Dario Argento
Dario Argento channels Hitchcock through the lurid and loopy 1970’s Giallo like no one else can do.
For some, Deep Red is one of Argento’s best films. For me, it’s still a developing conceit.
Starring David Hemmings (most notable from Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966)), it’s a beautifully-shot serial killer mystery set in Turin with a pumping soundtrack from Goblin. Argento’s aesthetics are top-notch, but like a lot of Giallo films I’ve seen, there are outrageous plot twists and then extra twists, taking plausibility for a ride from which it never returns. Not that that matters for the most part.
That said, as striking as I found the film while watching it, it hasn’t lingered in my mind with the impact that I would have thought it would. I will continue on my venture into Argento-land, though.