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Phenomena (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Angelo Iacono
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000IBRI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,697 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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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14-year old Jennifer Corvino, the daughter of an American movie star, is staying at the Richard Wagner International School For Girls in Zurich. Things aren't all well, as eight months ago, a schoolgirl's head was found, and others have vanished since.
Jennifer's not your ordinary girl. For one thing, she has a great rapport with insects. She loves them and they feel comfortable around her. A retired instructor and entomologist, Dr. John McGregor, who befriends her, tells her that it's "normal for insects to be slightly telepathic"--hence their attraction to her. But is it normal for her, she asks? In one instance, her presence calms the insects in his lab. She's also a somnabulist in times of stress and change. In fact it is one of these nighttime walks that leads her to the doctor.
Her roommate Sophie then vanishes, and with the help of a firefly, finds a glove that might have been worn by the killer. McGregor, convinced that the killer might have kept remains of his victim where he lives, encourages Jennifer to seek him out with the help of the Great Sarcophagus, a fly that can find a corpse from long distances. "You're in a position to do extraordinary things." he tells her, listing her and the fly as "the two greatst detective ever known. That fly is your magic wand."
There are some revisits to old themes: e.g. schoolgirls being murdered (Suspiria), strict headmistresses (Suspiria) decapitations (Deep Red), underwater sequences (Inferno), and attack by animal hordes (again Inferno). The best effect involves hoardes of flies surrounding one side of the school, coming when Jennifer's in distress. In a behind the scenes documentary after the movie, special visual effects man Luigi Cozzi explains how they did that shot.
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First of all, I'd like to start off with how I came to know this film. Ever heard of a videogame called Clock Tower? It's about a serial murderer, and has a Japanese prequal which I've also played.. Having liked that so well, I found on the internet that it was originally inspired by an Italian made, but English language, film called Phenomena.. I ordered it very eagerly,and couldn't wait for it to come in. When I finally got it, I watched it, of course...and loved every minute of it. It had everything I think a scary film should have! The characters, I believe, were developed enough, and I don't understand why so many people say Argento can't write them well. Maybe that's the case with his other films, but this one has quite well developed characters. We even learn the past of the most important characters, and I was actually sad whenever one of the more involved characters would die (The mark of good character development in horror) which is rare (In most of them, I'm alright just so that the main character lives). The plot was perfect, in my opinion. I didn't see any of the alleged plotholes. Sure, there were some things I wanted to know more about (Such as who exactly assaulted a certain person in a mental hospital) but very few, and nothing contradicted anything else in the plot: Jennifer Corvino, daughter of a famous actor, must stay in a Switzerland Boarding School for girls. Only there's a murderer around, killing girls around her age. She finds that she can communicate with insects, and has actually witnessed one of the murders while sleep walking. Along the way, she meets a crippled professor who believes her ability could help to solve the murders.Read more ›
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