Review of Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

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Year: 1975 - Runtime: 126 - Director: Dario Argento - Writer(s): Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi
Country: Italy - Language: Italian - Parental Guide: NR - Color: Color

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆


This masterpiece by italian director Dario Argento revolves around the story of Marcus Daly, a music teacher, as he investigates the brutal murder of a mysterious psychic named Helga Ulmann. Many clues are present throughout the movie that should help Daly resolve the murder, but these are often overlooked by the music teacher, who has a hard time understanding what happens around him, and thus becomes a danger for himself and for others.

Reason to Watch

As with many of Argento’s movies, this is a very visual and psychological movie. Even though the story is pretty basic and overused, the settings, the imagery, and the psychological state in which the characters are is enough to make this movie very enjoyable.


Profondo Rosso is definitively a good example of horror movies produced by Italy in the 70’s. Animal cruelty, mysterious characters and beautifully orchestrated scenes of violence abound, like in any good movie by Argento, Fulci or Deodato.

Most Memorable Quote(s)

Olga’s remark at the lizard mutilation scene is pure gold: “Don’t pay any attention; my father’s just a little crazy.”

What You Need to Get Through This Movie

This italian slasher is a good example of a movie where the rich smell of freshly cooked popcorn is essential (Although you won’t have much appetite during the viewing, unless the bubbly sound of hot blood makes you hungry)


Note that the scene in which a small lizard gets impaled by a pin is entirely true, as it is often the case in italian horror movies where animals get injured.

Educational Content

This shocker film will let you know one thing: Are you a true B-movie snob? if you enjoyed it like I did, than yes, you can now attend horror movie shootings wearing a beret and cussing about how modern horror movies have “no soul”.

Justification for Rating

I love B movies. I love Dario Argento. I love italian horror movies. if you were like me, you’d put 4 stars too!

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