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Phenomena -- Daughter of of film star with telepathic powers relating to insects lives in an area of Swtizerland where a killer is stalking girls.
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Release Date:
2 August 1985 (USA) See more »
When Insects Attack! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Connelly ... Jennifer Corvino
Daria Nicolodi ... Frau Brückner
Fiore Argento ... Vera Brandt
Federica Mastroianni ... Sophie
Fiorenza Tessari ... Gisela Sulzer
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Headmistress

Patrick Bauchau ... Inspector Rudolf Geiger

Donald Pleasence ... Professor John McGregor
Alberto Cracco ... UBS Bank Teller
Kaspar Capparoni ... Karl, Sophie's Boyfriend (as Gaspare Capparoni)

Mario Donatone ... Morris Shapiro
Antonio Maimone ... EEG Doctor
Davide Marotta ... Brückner Son
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Mr. Sulzer
Francesca Ottaviani ... Nurse
Michele Soavi ... Kurt, Geiger's Assistant
Franco Trevisi ... Real Estate Agent
Fausta Avelli ... Schoolgirl
Franca Berdini ... Teacher
Marta Biuso ... Schoolgirl
Marisa Simonetti ... Schoolgirl
Geraldine Thomas ... Schoolgirl
Tanga ... Inga
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Real Estate Agent (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Dario Argento ... Narrator (Italian version) (voice) (uncredited)
Sophie Bourchier ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Frau Brückner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Paola Gropper ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Ninke Hielkema ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Mitzy Orsini ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
Writing credits
Dario Argento (story) &
Franco Ferrini (story)

Dario Argento (screenplay) &
Franco Ferrini (screenplay)

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Angelo Iacono .... executive producer (as Angelo Jacono)
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
Cinematography by
Romano Albani (photography)
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
Production Design by
Maurizio Garrone 
Nello Giorgetti 
Luciano Spadoni 
Umberto Turco 
Costume Design by
Giorgio Armani 
Marina Malavasi 
Patrizia Massaia 
Makeup Department
Patrizia Corridoni .... hair stylist
M. Garrone .... special makeup effects artist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
Sergio Stivaletti .... special makeup effects artist
Barbara Morosetti .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Angelo Iacono .... production manager (as Angelo Jacono)
Cesare Jacolucci .... production manager
Marcel Just .... unit manager: Switzerland (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bettina Graebe .... second assistant director
Michele Soavi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Roberto Giancaterini .... property master
Mario Grilli .... set painter
Renato Lori .... set dresser
Osvaldo Monaco .... property master
Giuseppe Pagnotta .... construction grip
Giuseppe Pagnotta .... property master
Rina Villani .... set dresser
Sound Department
Nick Alexander .... sound effects editor
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Vito Catania .... boom operator
Franco Fraticelli .... supervising sound editor
Sergio Graziani .... dubbing sound
Giancarlo Laurenzi .... sound mixer
Federico Savina .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Danilo Sterbini .... sound mixer
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Antonio Corridori .... special effects
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Luigi Cozzi .... special optical effects
Eleonora Quaranta .... stunts
Giorgio Ricci .... stunt coordinator
Attilio Severini .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... gaffer
Ferdinando Armati .... special entomological photography
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... underwater photographer
Francesco Bellomo .... still photographer: action stills (as Franco Bellomo)
Aldo Bergamini .... assistant camera
Alfredo Ciarpelloni .... grip
Maurizio di Stefano .... electrician
Sergio Dori .... electrician
Cesare Emidi .... grip
Luciano Giusepponi .... grip
Giancarlo Mereschini .... grip
Agostino Pascarella .... key grip
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
Leandro Punturi .... grip
Stefano Ricciotti .... camera operator
Alessandro Rinaldi .... second assistant camera
Otello Santoro .... electrician
Vittorio Tonin .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giovanna Jacono .... wardrobe
Marina Malavasi .... wardrobe assistant
Patrizia Massaia .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Piero Bozza .... first assistant editor
Sergio Fraticelli .... assistant editor
Roberto Priori .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Piero Bozza .... music editor
Vincent Messina .... music soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician (uncredited)
Claudio Simonetti .... musician (uncredited)
Terry Taylor .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Daniel Berquiny .... owner of chimpanzee "tanga"
Ferdinando Caputo .... chief production accountant
Giulio Cestari .... production accountant
Antonio Corridori .... special stage effects
Fabio Dell'uomo .... assistant entomologist
Fabrizio Diaz .... production secretary
Egle Friggeri .... production secretary
Maurizio Garrone .... animal and insect supplier
Sheila Goldberg .... dialogue coach
Enrico Lucherini .... unit publicist
Saverio Mangogna .... production secretary
Giorgio Ricci .... gunsmith
Renato Rinaldo .... production accountant
Serenella Severini .... production secretary
Enrico Stella .... entomology consultant
Aldo Taloni .... chief set builder
Vivalda Vigorelli .... script supervisor
Carlo Zini .... jewellery
Cesare Barbetti .... voice dubbing: Patrick Bauchau (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Dalila Di Lazzaro (uncredited)
Sergio Graziani .... voice dubbing: Donald Pleasance (uncredited)
Roberto Ornaro .... production accountant (uncredited)
Ilaria Stagni .... voice dubbing: Jennifer Connelly (uncredited)
Carlo Zini .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Creepers" - USA (cut version)
"Dario Argento's Phenomena" - USA (DVD title)
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116 min | USA:110 min (re-release) | USA:82 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R (as "Creepers") (DVD rating) (cut) | Australia:R (as "Phenomena) (DVD rating) (uncut) | Australia:R (original rating) | Denmark:15 (video premiere) | Finland:K-18 (2001) | France:-12 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:16 (2005) (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:15 (1989) (2010) | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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A sequel to Phenomena (1985) was going to go into production in 2001 but it was canceled due to Dario Argento's contract with Medusa.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Tenebre (1982)See more »
Two TribesSee more »


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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Lady of the Flies vs Argento's twisted horror imagination!, 11 July 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Opinions on Phenomena are divided amongst Argento fans. It's not quite a love it or hate it film, but rather a like it or dislike it one. There's enough of Argento here to ensure that his fans will enjoy it, but it also marks a change of pace for him. While his previous films focused mainly on the mystery in the plot, the focus this time is clearly on the action; and the heavy metal soundtrack shows that Argento wanted to make this more of a thriller than a Giallo, and I think he's succeeded admirably. Argento has said that this movie came about after the great director heard about insects' supposed telepathy, and the fact that the film has stemmed from this sort of idea shows by the way that the plot pans out. First of all, we are bombarded with the idea of insect telepathy, and when we get round to the murders and murderer, it almost feels like something from another film. However, while the plot is messy; it does give Argento lots of room for horror, which he capitalises on at every opportunity. We follow Jennifer Corvino, an actor's daughter who attends a school in Switzerland, which is also having problems with a local murderer. She's not quite like the other girls, however, as she has a strange connection with the insect population...

Dario Argento has piled many ideas into this plot, and it's clear that it's not very well thought out as he seems to drop another idea in every time he feels like the plot needs spicing up a little bit. This is a problem for the movie, as it feels underdone and very messy; but on the other hand, this is also the movie's finest asset as it ensures that the film is always unpredictable and therefore constantly thrilling. The heavy metal music that accompanies the death scenes seems odd in this movie, as we're used to very pungent music scores in Argento films. It does suit the film's mood, however, and it helps give the film that trashy eighties horror movie feel, which is much loved by eighties horror fans like me. The cast is a good one and it features Argento regular, Daria Nicolodi along with established horror actor Donald Pleasance and a very young Jenifer Connelly. None of the cast massively impress, but they come together well as an ensemble and the acting is of a quality that is high enough to carry this sort of film. On the whole, this isn't Argento's best work. It's messy and convoluted, but it's also fun to watch, thrilling and very inventive.

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