Deep Red / Profondo rosso (1975)

5.0 out of 5

Most if not every giallo fan would already be familiar with Dario Argento's epic and violent murder mystery Deep Red, a film with a unique and legendary soundtrack that marks the first time collaboration between Argento and rock band Goblin. It also contains Daria Nicolodi's breakout role as a tough independent journalist with a soft spot for protagonist Marcus Daily, a jazz pianist played by David Hemmings.

Due to an obsession with the recent murders from a black gloved faceless killer, Daily is driven to find the truth from unlikely clues that lead to several intriguing scenarios. The film's extended death scenes are likely to result in unease from viewers, such as a painful looking murder by hot water.

Ultimately, several characters fall under suspicion, and similar to Argento's own debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red results in a slick ending with an unpredictable twist. Truly a masterpiece and likely to be in every giallo fan's top 5.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics