Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Malleus' "Profondo Rosso" Movie Posters

Deep Red is one of my favorite Argento films, not my all-time favorite mind you, but definitely in the top three. Not only does it feature one of the coolest, albeit short, intros ever put to celluloid (I love the theater with its massive red curtains and the smooth tracking footage escorting us through its hallways), the film also boasts one hell of a freaky children's song (I picture a choir exclusively populated by the kids from Village of the Damned). There's a lot to like about Deep Red or as it's known in its native land, Profondo Rosso, and thankfully Malleus Rock Art Lab has again joined Dark City Gallery to continue their excellent Argento poster series, crafting an exquisitely grotesque print in celebration of Dario's fifth film.

Profondo Rosso Movie Poster (Regular)
19.5" x 27.5" - Signed & Numbered
£40 - Limited to 145

I'm going to start this review by mentioning the first thing that entered my mind when I saw these prints: is that a freaking eyeball?! Yes, extreme close-ups of eyes don't exactly reside in my comfort zone. I think it has something to do with the fact that our eyes are so vulnerable to the elements, both natural (sand) and not so natural (a rusty blade, a screwdriver, probing fingers, sharp needles, dull needles, basically any type of needle), but the skill and style with which Malleus has made the eye and its lashes a framing device is super impressive. More than that though, the eye plays an important part in the movie's plot and is a fitting inclusion in the print's design. It should be noted that Deep Red was a film that featured not only some visually striking kills, but also played around with some rather heady ideas about gender roles and sexuality. For example, Argento specifically uses a close-up of an eye with mascara being applied to possibly suggest the killer may be of the female variety, but wait a minute, throughout the film's running time we meet other characters, not all women, that could also potentially fit this mold. Deep Red is a film that continually asks you rethink your assumptions and this is a poster that ably draws on that ambiguous imagery to do the same.

There's a lot of other great touches too, including the addition of the zipper from the killer's leather gloves, the depiction of Helga's death with the eye's surface acting as her shattered window (complete with broken glass below), and the revoltingly beautiful typography that's sinuously growing from the thinly drawn eyelashes. These are beautiful posters and deserve to be in the home of anyone who appreciates both good design and a genuine giallo masterpiece.

Profondo Rosso Movie Poster (Variant)
19.5" x 27.5" - Signed & Numbered
£60 - Limited to 95

Both the regular and variant versions of Malleus' Profondo Rosso (AKA Deep Red) movie posters are currently available through Dark City Gallery's online storefront. The regular print costs £40 (around $63) and is limited to an edition of 145, while the variant is limited 95 and costs £60 (approximately $94). If you'd like to know more about Dark City Gallery and see what else they have for sale, be sure to visit and follow @darkcitygallery. And to learn about the artist collective known as Malleus Rock Art Lab head over to and follow them on Twitter @malleusdelic. And if Blue Underground's impressive Deep Red blu-ray is just a bit too much money for you, the film is currently streaming on Netflix! Go watch it! After you buy a poster, that is.


  1. Snagged one of the variants.

    First in the series (Bird) was awesome & I can't wait to see this one in person.

    1. I'm right there with you. I'm absolutely loving this series so far!


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