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Phenomena (Widescreen)

Jennifer Connelly , Donald Pleasence , Dario Argento    Unrated   DVD
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars My third Dario Argento Movie I viewed. Oct. 22 2004
The first movie of Dario Argento's I watched was Opera. The second movie was Tenebrae. Out of all three movies directed by Dario Argento that I have seen so far, this is the best one. Everything about this movie is enjoyable.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hope you're not afraid of bugs July 17 2004
Dario Argento's "Phenomena" is the story of young Jennifer (a very young Jennifer Connelly), who is sent to a Swiss boarading school for girls. She has a special talent for communicating with insects, especially maggots and flys. And it is a good thing, because she is going to need it to help solve a series of murders in the area. My first problem with "Phenomena" (which was relesed in the U.S. under the name "Creepers") is that it bears a large resembelence to Argento's earlier film "Susperia"; also about a young girl who moves into an all girls boarding school where weird stuff is happeneing. This film is another one of those movies that only work when you are caught up in the moment and do not think too hard about what is going on in the long run. Believe it or not, the fact that Jennifer can talk to animals is probably the most plausable aspect of the movie. Then you start trying to connect the dots, it makes for spotty work at best. For example, the characters seem to be able to make intuitive deductions without much evidence to go on; they seem to show up at the right place at the right time for no appeareant reason. And the pet monkey seems to be able to find a weapon just in the nick of time (I didn't know people just throw away perfectly good, never been used, streight razors all the time in a trash can in the middle of the woods) and know just how and when to use it. The audio mix on the DVD is also a little off, and I don't mean because it was dubbed into English from Italian. The soundtrack (which by the way is very cool, Iron Maidon and Motorhead!!) seems to have been placed in at the most inappropriot places in the movie. The actors just did what they had to do; Jennifer Connelly was playing the Nancy Drew bit to the hilt. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Argento! Original and Creative! July 15 2004
By Guido
Format:VHS Tape
It's hard to find horror movies that haven't taken some kind of thought or idea from a previous one but Dario Argeto's ("Tenebre", "Susupiria", "Deep Red") Creepers seemed to be in a class all by itself (at least to me anyway).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real jolter! June 22 2004
In Switzerland, an American girl named "Jennifer" ( Played by Jennifer Connelly) is attending a girl school there but unknown to her she has special telepathic powers that communicates with insects. An insane murderer is butchering young girls at night, only Jennifer with her insects, a crippled bug researcher ( played by Halloween's Donald Pleasance) and his Chimpanzee assistant must join together to put a stop to the raving mad killer or else it will find her.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Over Hyped for me
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 more
Published 13 months ago by Bean
3.0 out of 5 stars ok movie
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
Published on Nov. 27 2011 by Juan Castillo
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrors fans only
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 more
Published on May 27 2004 by Eolake
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 words...
Jennifer Connelly, Iron Maiden.
That says it all. Any movie with Jennifer and the Maiden in it is just freaking awesome!
Published on May 6 2004 by XJacky-OX
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the VERY BEST horror films of all times
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 more
Published on April 21 2004 by Luppapa
4.0 out of 5 stars Argento does it again
After watching Dario Argento's 1985 film "Phenomena," I have finally started to make serious inroads into his substantial body of work. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Yet another classic from Dario Argento's golden period.
This is one of my favourites - a mesmerising blend of stunning camerawork, imagery and music that leaves one breathless... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomena.....the uncut version of Creepers.
I originally saw, many years ago, this film under the title of Creepers. I even still have the VHS! I didn't like it the first time...it was just too strange. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003 by Lunar Strain
3.0 out of 5 stars ugh!
are these people on crack? i gave the film three stars because i was entertained - but not in any way that affirms anything about the film's greatness. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2003 by Juniper
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