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Phenomena (1985)

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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:
... Jennifer Corvino
... Frau Brückner
... Vera Brandt
Federica Mastroianni ... Sophie
... Gisela Sulzer
... Headmistress
... Inspector Rudolf Geiger
... Professor John McGregor
... UBS Bank Teller
Kaspar Capparoni ... Karl, Sophie's Boyfriend (as Gaspare Capparoni)
... Morris Shapiro
Antonio Maimone ... EEG Doctor
Davide Marotta ... Brückner Son
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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From Dario Argento the Master of Terror 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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| (re-release) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

| (Cranky Sound System) (Japan theatrical release)

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

(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 »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When Jennifer finds the small boy, she removes a sheet from a mirror. In the next shot the sheet is draped back over the mirror again. 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

The Naked and the Dead
Written by Simon Boswell
Performed by Andi Sex Gang
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One of the directors best films.
1 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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