Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Her little friends will make your skin crawl

Phenomena (1985)

Dir- Dario Argento
Dario Argento presents yet another of his unique and stylish horror movies. Jennifer Connelly plays an American student, who is attending a prestigious Swiss boarding school and discovers that a vicious killer is preying on her classmates. We find out that she has a unique gift, a psychic link to insects that she uses to help track the killer down. "Phenomena" was released in Italy in 1985 with a version that is almost 2 hours long. It is important to note as the version released in the United States was drastically different as over 30 minutes was cut out of the film that would be released as "Creepers." Most home video versions present the film uncut under its original name as "Phenomena," but the movie is also sold as "Creepers" by some distributors. Keep this in mind as the film listed as "Creepers" is the edited version released in the US. As with most of Dario Argento's films, the music is provided by the rock group Goblin as well as Simon Boswell. Iron Maiden and Motorhead also provide songs for a supercharged soundtrack that is a hallmark of Argento's films. One of the more mainstream of Argento's many films yet like most of them, you won't be disappointed with Ms. Connelly's performance along with horror staple Donald Pleasence in this mid-eighties slasher.

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