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Phenomena (Creepers) (1985)

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Declared "my most personal film" by Italy's premier horror director Dario Argento, this production marked the director's return to the eerie thematic territory he pioneered in 1977 with the horror classic Suspiria. Much like that film, Phenomena conforms to the logic of nightmares. Jennifer Connelly stars as Jennifer Corvino, the daughter of an American film star, who enrolls in a prestigious Swiss boarding school under the tutelage of the prudish Mrs. Bruckner (played by frequent Argento

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Mar 1, 2005

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Between shots of stunning mountain scenery there are paranormal breezes, unfeasibly bright night-lighting and buckets and buckets of maggots.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The best acting is by an expressive, resourceful chimpanzee - definitely the year's Best Supporting Primate.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Though Argento's plot is often confused and grotesque, he has a remarkably energetic visual style (mobile camera, slow-motion, careful lighting, creative editing) that is never boring.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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so over-egged is the story with police procedural, insect science and paranormal events that squaring the circle of all these clashing frames becomes a disorienting thrill with heady pleasures of its own.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Worth catching if you're a hardcore Argento fan. Otherwise, pass.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (2)
ESplatter

... Phenomena works best when viewed as a contemporary fairy tale.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Excellent horror flick.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If the Devil is the Lord of the Flies, what does that make Jennifer Connelly as a disturbed teenager who can telepathically communicate with the buzzing buggers?

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Don't expect logic -- and don't expect anything remotely approaching reality -- and you'll be OK.

December 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers) provides what is alternately Argento's most batty and spiritual landscape.

December 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Phenomena (Creepers)

The first 4/5ths of this movie were pretty slow, but once she becomes lady of the flies, gets chased by a mutant 4 year old and gets aided by a razor-wielding chimpanzee, well it's like coming home again.
August 20, 2013
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Curtis Lilly

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Lacks the power of his early works, but still packs punch, mostly by the deranged last minutes. Probably Argento's last hurrah.
October 29, 2012
pier007

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ridiculously over the top in every way possible, i guess u could say it's the culmination of argento's work as it seems to even verge on self-parody. a very young jennifer connelly stars as a boarding school student with a strange affinity for insects who is enlisted to help track down a serial killer. from there things only get wackier and after a certain point i just could not look away, dumbstruck by the audacity. too much iron maiden but the ending(s) are worth waiting for
October 25, 2012
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Stella Dallas

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A brilliant exercise in surreal madness, Phenomena is a return to Argento's to themes explored in his 1977 film Suspiria. The film has a dark, brooding atmosphere that really brings a sense of dread in the viewer. This is a stunning work of horror, one that pushes the boundaries of terror. With a brilliant cast lead by Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence that deliver great performances, Argento crafts a strong film that is among the best films of 1980's horror. The film is void of any real logic. This is an eccentric work of terror, and is among the most bizarre films that have come out in the Italian genre of horror. Also this is one of the most accomplished films of the maestro's Dario Argento knows how to manipulate your deepest fears, and Phenomena is a surrealistic nightmare that grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go till the unforgettable climax. A standout aspect of this film is the soundtrack, it adds so much more to the experience of this film, and it's one of the most memorable themes in an Argento film yet. Phenomena was along with 1987's Opera the peak of Dario Argento's directing career. This film has all the trademarks of the famed horror director, and he crafts a film that is unrelenting in delivering terror. This is a stunning accomplishment in the horror medium. This is a must see for fans of the director. The film combines the supernatural with stylish murders, which has long been a trademark of Dario Argento, and you have a horror film that remains one of the directors' strongest efforts. Phenomena is a brilliant, stunning piece of horror cinema that is essential viewing for horror fans. This is a horrifying thrill ride that Argento himself has dubbed "his most personal film.
June 6, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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