Ask any movie fan with a sweet spot towards horror films to name a Dario Argento film and 9 times out of 10 you’ll undoubtedly hear Dawn of the Dead or Suspiria as the answer. But then take a look at the overall ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and you’ll find another film by Argento scoring a huge 95% rating – the same as both Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria. This is the criminally overlooked Profundo Rosso (Deep Red), his masterpiece slasher from 1975. It’s critics consensus is “The kinetic camerawork and brutal over-the-top gore that made Dario Argento famous is on full display, but the addition of a compelling, complex story makes Deep Red a masterpiece”. Yeah that’s right a masterpiece, and you’ve seen it yeah? No? Then read on!
Profondo Rosso went on to inspire so many of your favourite slasher films, it took gore from low budget into a cinematography masterclass with meticulously shot kill scenes with an elegance in complete contrast to the bloodshed and butchery going on before your eyes. To top it all off the soundtrack was done by Goblin, yeah GOBLIN, you know the ones who soundtracked Suspiria, Dawn of the Dead, Day of The Dead and so on.
So next month will see Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin playing along to the score in the Barbican centre in London. If you have not been to the Barbican before let me tell you something, I have and the seats are REALLY comfortable. Seat comfort is not normally a high priority when going to a gig (especially if you’re normally in the pit) but big seats, tons of padding, lots of legroom accompanied by a masterpiece of a film live scored by Italian legends Goblin? Yes please! Oh and did i mention the sound in the Barbican? It’s bloody awesome. If you went to see Wardruna at the Southbank centre you’ll know there’s one thing these big ass posh venues do well and that’s sound. Designed by master architects for the likes of orchestras they know acoustics.
You won’t find tickets for this event on any of the major ticket selling sites, they need to be brought direct from the venue. Marking the 40th anniversary of the film this is the first time a UK audience will be able to experience the full film with live soundtrack from Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin.
If you want to find out more about the event The Quietus have just interviewed Claudio Simonetti about the upcoming performance, check it out here.