Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Golden Title: Deep Red (1975)
starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi and Gabriele Lavia
When an English pianist (David Hemmings) living in Rome witness a viscous murder of a psychic who, only hours before, felt the presence of a madman during one of her lectures, he inevitably becomes a part of an investigation to unravel the identity of the killer. But the further he gets in solving the crime, more he becomes the homicidal obsession of the killer, who's willing to rid of people who gets in their way.
Perhaps another highlight about Deep Red that makes up for any flaws would be that it marks the first collaboration between Argento and his soon to be staple soundtrack rock band, Goblin. It is fun to note that Goblin's Deep Red theme became the influence of John Carpenter's own Halloween theme, as so did the primary use of subconscious tracking that moves along with the film. Even if the score sounds repetitive and isn't well blended, it gave as much essentials to the film as a theme, being one of the few movie of its genre to fully embrace music as an identity.
Beautifully constructed in every way, undergoing to a completion that falls in place quite fluidly, it's a tad sad know that, seeing his recent efforts, Argento can't seem to so something this complicated yet workable. The brutal, gothic, connotative, thematically artistic, and surreal nature of his older works may have been lost now, but at least we have Deep Red to remember by, as a sheer triumphant work by all means as an Italian thriller.
1 Female hacked repeatedly with cleaver, head crashes through window and gets a throat cut on shards
1 bird accidentally flew through a knitting needle
1 female forced face-first into a tub of boiling water, scalded to death
1 Male had his teeth repeatedly bashed in against mantlepieces, knifed through his neck
1 Lizard glimpsed impaled on pin
1 Male had his head ran over by incoming car
1 Male knifed on the back
1 Female decapitated after her necklace got caught on a descending lift