Phenomena (1985)

Directors: Dario Argento
Actors: Jennifer Connelly

Genre: Horror


"Young Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly) is sent to study at an exclusive boarding school in Switzerland. A psychopathic killer is at large and has already murdered one of the academy's students. Jennifer sleepwalks ans has a strange empathic relationship with insects. One day, she befriends local entomologist Dr. McGregor (Donald Pleasance), who has been helping the police in their murder investigation with his knowledge of insects. McGregor encourages her to use her gift to track down the killer. The uncut original version directed by Dario Argento. Released in the U.S. as "Creepers." " - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
This is a weird little Argento treat.
It's got it's up's and down's, like the music. At some points very fitting and atmospheric, but at certain points it doesn't fit in at all..
The story is rather weird and it fails at times, but I mostly found it to be really surreal and pretty fun. Some scenes work very well, like the opening scene. Other highlights were "the maggot pool" and the monkey bit in the end. I won't spoil the fun by saying what happens. The entire end scene was pretty nasty and entertaining actually. Also the insect swarms were way better then I expected them to be. And when it comes to creating this sort of dreamlike atmosphere, Argento delivers as always. Some of the acting is a bit on the shabby side, but the haunting Jennifer Connelly made up for that.
I know many consider this one to be bad, and of Argento's lesser movies, but the shortcomings of this film mean nothing to me. I just get totally drawn into just about every film done by always brilliant Dario Argento, and this one is no exception!

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Buy "Phenomena" uncut at: play.com or DVD Pacific