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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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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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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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Horror | Mystery

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2 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Creepers  »

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$3,800,000 (estimated)
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| (re-release) | (cut)

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| (Cranky Sound System) (Japan theatrical release)

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1.66 : 1
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(at around 15 mins) The story Jennifer tells about her mother abandoning her was an actual story from Dario Argento's own childhood. See more »

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(at around 1h 00 mins) When Jennifer gets on the bus with the fly to find the bodies/killer, the bus makes a stop and the young man with the blonde hair behind her kissers the lady next to him as he gets off the bus. The next shots after that, the young man is still sitting behind Jennifer. See more »

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[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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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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Otherworldly beauty and terror!
19 August 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Overlooked masterpiece from the great Dario Argento is simply one of his best films of the 80's and arguably his most bizarre work!

Young girl, who has a psychic bond with insects, must use her powers to try to stop the mad killer that's terrorizing a Swiss boarding school.

Director Argento has often proclaimed this to be his personal favorite of his films and it's not hard to see why. Story-wise Phenomena combines all of the elements of Argento's other films; a crazed serial killer, a touch of the supernatural, a detective-mystery, and a sense of being like a fairy tale. It's a story that draws one in, from the startling opening murder sequence to the horrific climatic twists! The plot is completely off-beat, giving the audience no idea of what to expect at any moment. As always, Argento's direction has a splendidly flashy style and gives the whole film a unique, strange atmosphere. Lending all the more to the weird atmosphere is the glorious music of Goblin, who provides some of their finest work here. In addition Iron Maiden also serves up a great metal-rock number. The special FX are quite impressive, especially the shockingly good makeup work - just wait for the finale!

The cast is also pretty good, and thankfully the dubbing isn't as bad for this film as it is for some Italian movies. Young Jennifer Connelly (only 15 here) does an enchanting performance. The late-great Donald Pleasance is good as always as Connelly's befriended scientist. Daria Nicolodi does a terrific turn as Connelly's teacher.

Some hail it and some misunderstand it, but frankly Phenomena ranks well with Argento's other incredible films. Be sure to catch it in its full-length uncut version and not the horridly cut U.S. release entitled 'Creepers'.

**** out of ****


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