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Phenomena (1985)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 2 August 1985 (USA)
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

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Vera Brandt
Federica Mastroianni ...
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Gisela Sulzer
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Headmistress
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UBS Bank Teller
Kaspar Capparoni ...
Karl, Sophie's Boyfriend (as Gaspare Capparoni)
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Antonio Maimone ...
EEG Doctor
Davide Marotta ...
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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Evil is alive and killing See more »

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

2 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Creepers  »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (re-release) | (cut)

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| (Cranky Sound System) (Japan theatrical release)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Shot in English and dubbed into Italian. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) The professor's comments about the hyperactive behavior of his insects are accompanied by close-ups of different bugs moving around in their cages very quickly. However, in close-ups of Jennifer listening to him, many of the same bugs can be seen in their cages behind her, and they are completely still. 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 »

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References Inferno (1980) See more »

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The Insects
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Performed by Fabio Pignatelli
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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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