A psychic (Macha Meril) who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim.
English pianist Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) gets involved in solving the murders but finds many of his avenues of enquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely.
As with other Argento films, the accent in Deep Red is on the visuals: the artsy sets, the garish lighting, and the tendency for the camera to dwell on brutal details – featuring death by necklace, sideboard and boiling bath!
Images are stark with high contrast lighting, and there’s lots of visual symmetry.
Emotionally, Deep Red is cold – entirely appropriate, given that the theme relates to the psychological coldness of a killer.
While the story is set in Rome, most of the outdoor scenes were actually shot in Turin. Originally released as Profondo Rosso.
Liana Del Balzo