Category Archives: Horror: Giallo

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Profondo rosso (Whale)

Opening Thoughts

Also Called:

Deep Red

The Hatchet Murders

Date:
1975
Stars:
David Hemmings

Daria Nicolodi

Gabriele Lavia
Writer:
Bernardino Zapponi
Director:
Dario Argento
WRC Score:
3.5/4

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Note: 
First posted in a different form on November 12, 2011

When I speak of Dario Argento I speak from a great well of ignorance.  Not as great as, say Lucio Fulci, who I’ve only seen one film, but it’s fairly good sized.

So when I tell you that I think Deep Red is his best film, you should know that it’s a praise on the shakiest of legs.

However, of the films of his I’ve seen (which include the glorious messes such as Suspira (1977) and Inferno (1980)), this is my favorite.  Not that I’ve watched it a lot in my life; this marks my second viewing.  The first happened to be, as I recall it, on a pan-and-scan copy.  And a horrible print at that.

Anyways, let us proceed.  As (almost) always, the next section was written as I watched, with thoughts along the way.  There has been some condensing (most of the murders are touched on but not described), so you might not get the feeling that this is a gory, gruesome movie.  Let me assure you, it is.  A trifle fake looking in places, but gory nonetheless.

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Profondo rosso

Also Called:

Deep Red

The Hatchet Murders

Date:
1975
Stars:
David Hemmings

Daria Nicolodi

Gabriele Lavia
Writer:
Bernardino Zapponi
Director:
Dario Argento
WRC Score:
3.5/4

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Note: 
First posted in a different form on November 12, 2011

Profondo rosso (also known as Deep Red) opens with a psychic demonstrating her abilities to a conference room filled with people.  Unfortunately she manages to read the wrong mind, setting in motion a chain reaction of death as a killer tries to keep hidden in the shadows.

And that, I think, is enough information.

Profondo rosso is a very enjoyable Giallo. It’s most likely one of director Dario Argento‘s best films, if not one of the best in its particular subgenre.  Not that my exposure to either is definitive, mind.

As much as I want to, I can’t force myself to give it a perfect score.  Some very questionable plotting in places, which, frankly, is a part of being a Giallo.  Still, it’s damn good (1.5 points).

I loved it when I first saw Profondo rosso on a poor copy, and now that I’ve seen it in pristine condition I love it even more (2 points).  I RECOMMEND it to Italian Horror movie fans. Others might not agree with such high praise, but should check it out. Gory but good.

Overall Score: 3.5 (+) total point out of a possible 4 (-_-)b

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La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba

Opening Thoughts

Also called:
The Night Evelyn Came Out of
the Grave

Date:
1971
Stars:
Anthony Steffen

Marina Malfatti

Enzo Tarasio
Writers:
Massimo Felisatti

Fabio Pittorru

Emilio Miraglia
Director:
Emilio Miraglia
WRC Score:
0/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
July 6, 2008

I distinctly remember vowing never to see this movie again.

Why, you might add?

To keep this page free of spoilers, an aspect of La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba really, really, really made me mad. Rereading the review for this reboot, I could see just where Past Cullen lost all his happy thoughts and went ballistic.

So had me my druthers, I’d just chop the old review up into bits, then post them in their respective plays.

Except I can’t. As it is the second movie I reviewed for the site and by that point the format I kinda stick to these days hadn’t gelled just yet. Thus a rewrite is in order.

Thus I’m watching La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba again.

It’s not all gloom and doom. They say every seven years we become new people, down to the cellular level. It hasn’t been that long yet; it hasn’t even reached six years even. But maybe in that time I’ve become who likes this kind of film.

I hope not. But it could happen.

Another hope spot: the film I watched all those years ago is but one of nine different versions. Three years ago I learned that I happened to own one of the other versions. One with an extra sixteen minutes. Perhaps this version will be better.

Of course I’m sitting here screaming sixteen more minutes of this film! in my mind.

At least I hope it’s my mind…

That silliness a side, turn the page (metaphorically speaking) for La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba, the rewatch.

La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba

Also called:
The Night Evelyn Came Out of
the Grave

Date:
1971
Stars:
Anthony Steffen

Marina Malfatti

Enzo Tarasio
Writers:
Massimo Felisatti

Fabio Pittorru

Emilio Miraglia
Director:
Emilio Miraglia
WRC Score:
0/4
Note: 
First posted in a
different form on
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La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba (also know as The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave) is the story of a noble man working through his grief  by a tried and true method.  Which, as it turns out, is torturing women, specifically gingers.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to end his visions of his lost wife, which leads to further complications.

This, dear reader (readers as the case may be) is the first flick I reviewed for this site that I absolutely hated.  Which meant I screwed up my first review, so steamed I was.  Which meant that, on coming across it during the first reboot I felt compelled to watch it again and get it right.

I’m a freaking idiot.

La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba is a mess of a movie.  It has just enough verve to disappoint when it fails to come together in the end. The plot is load with the most basic of cheats, with its characters behaving as it demands rather than any rational fashion. The last twist pushes things over from bad to terrible, though in fairness not as far into terrible as it possibly could have gone.

Which is the limit of my praise. (0 points).

It could, of course, be just me. I know the movie does have its defenders. But the more I think about it, the angrier I get, and that really can’t be a good sign, now can it? (0 points)

Two viewings are about my limit for these hated few.  I hope against hope not to have to do it again. I don’t advise you going into it, there are plenty of other movies out there that are so much better. You have been warned.

Score: 0 points out of a possible 4

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