Phenomena (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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Phenomena (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
Italian horror maestro Dario Argento made his name by turning homicide into modern art with a cinematic flourish, but with Phenomena he takes his stylish mayhem in new directions. The film opens with the dreamy grace of a fairy tale: a young girl wandering the green meadows of Switzerland and discovering a gingerbread house, wherein lives a monster more modern than mythic, a psychopathic maniac who plunges the picture into a lush nightmare. Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly in her first starring role), a gifted young girl at a Swiss school, has a psychic link to the insect world and develops a connection with the killer through midnight sleepwalks. With the help of a lonely, wheelchair-bound entomologist (genre stalwart Donald Pleasence, who inflects his sonorous tenor with a gentle Scottish burr) she turns telekinetic detective, which only draws her closer to the killer's lair. The densely plotted story becomes muddled at times (this is the busiest film in Argento's oeuvre) but the lyrical cinematography and gorgeous nocturnal imagery--dreamy sleepwalks, nightmarish murders, hideous horrors that emerge in the dark of night--take on a poetic elegance not seen in his previous work, providing the tale with a kind of dream logic. This is a slasher film reborn as an exquisitely grim fantasy: Jennifer in Argentoland. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The soundtrack is amazing! It is peacful yet keeps you on the edge of your seat. The music fits in incredibly well.
This is the first horror movie that has made me cringe..the murder scences are really full of gore. I could feel the pain the victums were going through! I had to bite on a blanket I was covered with.
During this film, I fell in love with Jennifer. She is an innocent girl who gets involved with the murders happening around her and soon becomes the next victum. There were times I thought she was a goner but like most movies, the main character does not die.
To be honest, this is my favourite movie I own. I could put it in my dvd player and watch it again right now. I just finished it before I started writting this too! I have tons of movies, mostly horror, and out of all the ones I own I have never felt that way before. This movie is truely amazing. I do not see why fans bash this great movie. I enjoyed it a lot. I had low epectations because of other reviewers but bought it anyway. I am extremely glad to say, I was filled with satisfaction while watching this.
Jennifer Connelly plays Jennifer, a girl who is sent to a boarding school while her father is out of the country working on a film. Unfortunately for Jennifer and the other girls in the school there is a raving psychopath wandering the grounds and butchering the students. When Jennifer meets up with entomologist Dr. John McGregor, played by the late, great, Donald Pleasance (Halloween) she learns of her great power to control insects. If she is going to survive and save the other girls in the process she'll have to learn how to use her gift to stop the killer.
Creepers is very entertaining and moves at a good clip, it's original and well acted for a horror movie. From reading the other reviews I see that this seems to be a shorter version of Argento's "Phenomena". Where Creepers runs about 82 minutes, Phenomena is 110 minutes. I haven't seen Phenomena yet but plan on it. If your a fan of Argento's or horror movies in general this movie is for you.
An entertaining and very bloody horror mystery thriller that is completely original and interesting, it's from the mind of Italian horror master Dario Argento ( who did " Tenebre", "Demons" and "Suspiria"). This movie is the debut of Jennifer Connelly before she was a big star, she looks good as ever in this movie especially in the nightgown scene, oh man! Jennifer Connelly is a perfect woman.
This movie is quite smart, scary and gory at times but keeps you on the edge of your seat. Originally released here in the U.S. by New Line Cinema called " Creepers" then heavily cut to 82 minutes, Anchor Bay thankfully has re-issued this movie under it's true name " Phenomena" and with the original length 118 minutes of extra footage not seen in the U.S., if you love good suspensful and gore ridden thrillers then add this to your collection.
Also recommended: " Silence of the Lambs", "Suspiria", "Tenebre", "City of the Living Dead", "Cannibal Ferox", "Caligula", " Day of the Dead", " Re-Animator", "Scanners" ," Making Contact ( a.k.a.Read more ›
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I just didn't really like this film. I had much higher hopes.....maybe I will watch it again. I probably am just used to more modern horror films and this one was just a bit... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2013 by Bean
the movie looks Ok for its age. a few special effects really show outdated, but what can you do.
Jennifer Connelly is good in her part. Read more
Creepers is the American release of Phenomena. Either is a good introduction to the strange and strangely compelling world of Dario Argento. Jennifer Connelly is delightful.Published on Jan. 26 2010 by John Kittridge
Occasionally I watch a gross-out horror movie, if I like the actor and it has high reviews. I tend to forget that the high reviews always come from horror fans. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Eolake
Jennifer Connelly, Iron Maiden.
That says it all. Any movie with Jennifer and the Maiden in it is just freaking awesome!
Before I have seen this movie I saw Tenebre, Suspiria and Opera in order. The order also shows how I liked them. Yes, I liked Tenebre better than Suspiria. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Luppapa
After watching Dario Argento's 1985 film "Phenomena," I have finally started to make serious inroads into his substantial body of work. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
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