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Aenigma (1987)

The spirit of a comatose teenage girl possesses the body of a newcomer to her girls boarding school to enact bloody revenge against the elitist, lingerie-clad coeds responsible for her condition.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Lucio Fulci (screenplay), Giorgio Mariuzzo (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jared Martin ... Dr. Robert Anderson
Lara Lamberti ... Eva Gordon (as Lara Naszinski)
Ulli Reinthaler ... Jenny Clark
Sophie d'Aulan ... Kim
Jennifer Naud ... Grace O'Neal
Riccardo Acerbi ... Fred Vernon
Kathi Wise ... Virginia Williams
Milijana Zirojevic ... Kathy (as Mijlijana Zirojevic)
Dragan Bjelogrlic ... Tom (as Dragan Ejelogrlic)
Ljiljana Blagojevic Ljiljana Blagojevic ... Ms. Jones (as Lijlijana Blagojevic)
Franciska Spahic Franciska Spahic ... Joanne
Dusica Zegarac ... Mary
Zorica Lesic Zorica Lesic ... Miss James
Zoran Lesic Zoran Lesic
Rade Colovic Rade Colovic ... Tom
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Storyline

Kathy is an outcast at an elite New England boarding school whom lands in a coma resulting from accidentally being hit by a car during a cruel practical joke against her by several car loads of her tormentors. A little later, Eva, a new arrival to the school, takes over Kathy's old room and begins socializing with some of the girls responsible for Kathy's condition. It turns out that Eva is a pawn under the control of the comatose Kathy from her hospital bed in seeing revenge against those whom did her wrong, while Kathy's physician, meets and begins dating Eva whom also targets his latest girlfriend. Written by matt-282

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Possessed by revenge! [Canada] See more »


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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

1 September 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ænigma See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lucio Fulci: A police detective at the crime scene of Fred Vernon's death. See more »

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Doctor Anderson's car has European license plates instead of U.S. plates or more specifically, Massachusetts Plates. See more »

Quotes

Eva Gordon: Let's get one thing straight! A successful semester to me means making out with as many cute boys as possible. Let's put it this way: anything in pants!
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Alternate Versions

The version released by Image Entertainment as part of their "EuroShock Collection" is missing some minor bits of dialogue throughout, and is also missing a 5-second flashback sequence when Eva is sitting on the bench. This version runs 86 minutes, while the original Italian version is approximately 90 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Head Over Heels
(misspelled as "Head Over Meels")
Written by Douglas Meakin (as A.D. Meakin) and Carlo Maria Cordio (as C.M. Cordio)
Sung by Douglas Meakin
Published by Giuliana & Schmidl s.r.l.
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Rubbish
20 June 2009 | by adriangrSee all my reviews

One of Fulci's lesser efforts, Aenigma is a blatant copy of so many other films, it's hard to count them all. Set in a school, it involves a misunderstood loner called Kathy who is cruelly taunted by her classmates, but takes revenge by means of psychic powers. So far, so "Carrie". But here, the cruel prank puts the victim into a coma, and it's from here that she wreaks havoc, which echoes "Patrick". She somehow manages to possess another student, who goes through the school leaving a trail of destruction and death on Kathy's behalf.

Sounds great for Fulci fans, but don't hold your breath. The various revenge murders are all very unimpressive and often ridiculous, including death by being scared of a museum and death by being confronted with a boyfriend's corpse! What's wrong with these people!? The film has no highlights of gore whatsoever, which is a major shortcoming in a Fulci film. Even it's set piece murder, a "death by snails" sequence will probably leave you laughing (how exactly do snails manage to overpower someone??). This, along with the film's title, makes me think that Fulci is actually trying to emulate Argento's far superior "Phenomeona".

The film is generally pretty confusing, as Kathy's power, and her hold over the possessed girl are never properly explained. The acting is awful, the lead character (the possessed student) wanders around looking totally bored, so you won't really care about any of the characters. It's also ugly and dull to look at, even though Fulci tries to ape Argento yet again by bathing many shots in lurid coloured lighting, mostly a tiresome bright blue, but it just doesn't add up to anything coherent. The dubbing is poor as usual ans there's a really REALLY, bad ballad being crooned over the prologue when Kathy is looking forward to her big night out! Even Fulci completists could rest easy without ever watching this one. A real stinker.


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