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Phenomena (1985)

 -  Horror | Mystery  -  2 August 1985 (USA)
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A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daria Nicolodi ...
Fiore Argento ...
Vera Brandt
Federica Mastroianni ...
Sophie
Fiorenza Tessari ...
Gisela Sulzer
Dalila Di Lazzaro ...
Headmistress
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Inspector Rudolf Geiger
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Professor John McGregor
Alberto Cracco ...
UBS Bank Teller
Kaspar Capparoni ...
Karl, Sophie's Boyfriend (as Gaspare Capparoni)
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Morris Shapiro
Antonio Maimone ...
EEG Doctor
Davide Marotta ...
Patua, Bruckner Child
Fulvio Mingozzi ...
Mr. Sulzer
Francesca Ottaviani ...
Nurse
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Storyline

Jennifer Corvino, the daughter of a famous actor, has had trouble with sleepwalking for some time. Her doctor said that it can develop a split personality. She discovers her alternate personality when she stays at a boarding school that was once the home a Richard Wagner. But someone has been killing the students, and it relates only indirectly to the criminal sanitorium nearby. So it's up to "the two greatest detectives the world has ever known, or should I say, unknown" Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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When Insects Attack! See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Creepers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Connelly had part of her finger bitten off by the chimpanzee in the final scene at the end of the film. She was rushed to the hospital and the finger was re-attached. See more »

Goofs

Lots of the scenes with the larvae, the amount of the larvae changes. One good example is the 'glove', there's first only three larvae on it which she also seems to shook off, then later on when inspecting it under the microscope it seems to be filled with larvae. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Frau Brückner: [attempts to kill Jennifer with a slide] He was diseased; but he was my son! And you have... Why didn't I kill you before? I killed that no-good inspector and your professor friend, to protect him! And now... I'm gonna KILL YOU TO AVENGE HIM! Why don't you call your INSECTS! GO ON! CALL! CALL!
[Inga then attacks Frau and slashes her to death]
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Crazy Credits

The English language credits claim that this film was "shot in Panavision." This film was shot with Panavision cameras and Panavision spherical lenses for the European spherical widescreen format of 1:1.66. See more »

Connections

References The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Jennifer
(uncredited)
By Goblin
Performed by Goblin
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User Reviews

 
One of the directors best films.

This review applies to the US version that was released by Media Home Entertainment. It is 82mins. and is titled CREEPERS.

A young girl attending a Swiss girls school discovers that the school is plagued by a series of grisly murders. An extremely stylish offering by Italy's leading horror genre master. Quite original too, with some unusual sub-plots too that include our main characters ability to control insects and use them to track the killer. Even though this has about 30mins. cut out of it, it really doesn't show, and this offers plenty of gore for all of your gore hounds especially at the scary and exciting end. A really good film. My rating: 9 out of 10.


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