With almost a forty-year gap between the two films, both directors utilize the color red to convey ultimate horror and to create heart racing, suspenseful and thrilling versions of ‘Suspiria’.

Los Angeles, CA (September 13, 2018) – DARKCOAST – In worldwide cinema the color red is intertwined with murderous blood splatter and alarming danger. Horror directors’ utilization of such a rich color prevails sentiments of anger, desire, power, heat and even love. Watch DEEP RED on DirecTV today: https://bit.ly/2x9pnXz.

DarkCoast recently revealed the re-mastered release of the 1975 Italian horror, DEEP RED, directed and written by Dario Argento. The Italian horror maestro is noted for his award-winning writing for Opera (1987), Phenomena (1985) and Suspiria (1977), whose remake of the same name from Call Me By Your Name’s (2017) Luca Guadagnino had its World Premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

With almost a forty-year gap between the two films, both directors utilize the color red to convey ultimate horror and to create heart racing, suspenseful and thrilling versions of the horror. Visually, Guadagnino and Argento’s usage of color within their respective films are vastly different from one another. “The color palette in the new Suspiria is extremely muted […with] slate grays, cold blues and muddy browns. The film looks lived-in; worn around the edges,” wrote Slash Film. Stripped from bold, primary colors, Guadagnino said he aimed to create a “winter-ish, evil, and really dark” visual atmosphere.

Photo from Slash Film: David Argento’s Suspiria (1977).

Meanwhile, Argento’s Suspiria has been distinguished for its rich color scheme and usage of primary colors, “blue, green and red — to identify the normal flow of life, and then apply a complementary color, mainly yellow, to contaminate them,” explained the original cinematographer, Luciano Tovoli, quoted Slash Film. Tovoli stated that the film’s usage of bold colors, were “immediately, surprisingly violent and proactive, [which] brings the audience into the world of [horror] … You say to yourself, ‘This will never happen to me because I have never seen such intense colors in my life… This makes you feel reassured and, at the same time, strangely attracted to proceed deeper and deeper into this colorful journey.”

The intensified usage of primary colors, especially “crimson red” through bright Technicolor visuals and gory set pieces in Argento’s original Suspiria embodied the brutal and grotesque style from seen during the ‘70s Italian horror, earning itself “Best Slasher Movie of All Time”. The color red is one of the only similarities (thus far) between Argento’s original and Guadagnino’s remake, whose trailer showed flashes of red and heightened glimpses of lead, Dakota Johnson’s red hair and maroon tank top.

Photo from Slash Film: Dakota Johnson in Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ (2018).

But until Suspria (2018) creeps into worldwide theatres on November 2nd, prepare for the intensity and violence that accompanies the color red by indulging on the original horror legend, Dario Argento’s re-mastered 1975 Italian horror classic, DEEP RED, from DarkCoast exclusively. Watch it here today: https://bit.ly/2x9pnXz.

DEEP RED (aka Profondo Rosso) follows Marcus (David Hemmings) and Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi) who team-up to investigate the killer behind the town’s recent murders. As their investigation continues, so increases the number of horrific murders – all with the killer’s signature of children’s toys and songs. But when the two can feel the killer lurk in their shadows, they discover the true target – Marcus. In more danger than before, will Marcus and Gianna be able to string the clues together and solve the crime before the killer strikes again?

DarkCoast has exclusively re-released the new version of DEEP RED onto various online streaming platforms, including Hoopla, DirecTV, InDemand, iTunes, Fandango, Google Play, Vimeo on Demand, Vudu, Sling and Dish. Watch the re-mastered version of DEEP RED here: https://bit.ly/2MlTNe6.

DEEP RED stars the legendary and well-celebrated cast including ‘60s cinema icon, David Hemmings (Blow Up, Gladiator), Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena, Suspiria), Gabriele Lavia (Il principe di Homburg), Macha Meril (Vagabond, Deadly Circuit), Eros Pagni (Love & Anarchy, Kung Fu Panda), Clara Calamai (Ossessione, The Adulteress) and Giuliana Calandra (Love & Anarchy, Anna Karenina). For more information, please visit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073582/.

DEEP RED (2018, 98 min.) Directed by Dario Argento. Screenwriters: Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi. Produced by: Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento. Edited by: Franco Fraticeli. Cinematographer: Luigi Kuveiller. Original Music: Giorgio Gaslini, Goblin. Italy, Italian, German, English. Rizzoli Film, Seda Spettacoli. DarkCoast, TriCoast Worldwide.

Produced by: Rizzoli Film, Seda Spettacoli

MPAA rating: R 

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