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Originally published by Dr. Terror`s Blog of Horrors

ITALIAN HORROR WEEK – DEEP RED – Ruminations on the Argento Classic from One of the Formerly Uninitiated.

Having grown up in the suburb of Mississauga, On Canada, a place that was great to grow up in but devoid of any of the cool, niche video stores that populate the so close yet so far metropolis that is Toronto, my introduction to anything other than the mainstream horror was stunted. Being the late 80’s early 90’s when I started to really pursue my education in earnest, one summer I systematically went through the entire horror section at the local Jumbo video and rented every tape they had, the internet was a funny place that you could download and watch a movie trailer in the blistering time of 45 minutes to an hour. Without the availability of something as amazing as the modern internet, with IMDB and the millions of torrent sites, back in the late 80’s/early 90’s tracking down rare films required actual homework. And with my local video store favoring films like “April Fool’s Day” and “Sleepaway Camp” to fill their shelves, the likes of Bava, Fulci, and Argento never seemed to show up.

Of course I have tracked down a lot of these films in the decades since, but “Deep Red” remained one of the few that have eluded my grasp, until now. Recently I had been given a copy of the Blue Underground ‘Uncensored English Version’, basically all the original gore restored but the romantic storyline has still been excised. And after being asked by Mr Terror himself to contribute an article to this year’s Italian Horror Week rundown, I felt this was as good a time as any to dig into the DVD and see what the film is all about. Starring David Hemmings and frequent Argento collaborator, and mother of daughter Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Deep Red is considered by many to be Argento’s masterpiece for good reason. The performances are solid and the story sufficiently creepy and tension packed that it sucks you in almost immediately and keeps you invested until the blood soaked ending.  (more…)