Posted on 9/08/12 04:51 AM
What we have here is another cult classic by the Italian horror director Dario Argento. I've been a fan of Argento for about six years now, I've seen most of his best acclaimed movies and Phenomena is one my favorites, maybe my favorite of his. It's between this, Opera, and Suspiria. I like all three about the same. Argento stated that this is personally his favorite, of all the films he's made, I find it funny at the same time Jennifer Connelly, considers it her least favorite role.
I'm in the process of watching Phenomena for the third time, in the last two days. I've seen it about seven times altogether, and it grows on me, more and more. The first time I watched it, I kinda found the film silly but I still enjoyed it. I've learn to overlook it's flaws and just appreciate it for what it is. The soundtrack here is very good, Iron Maiden and Motorhead are two my favorite bands, so I can't complain much there. Plus Goblin's score is also very good, just as good as Suspiria's soundtrack.
Phenomena is about a girl named Jennifer, who has the ability to communicate and control insects. She uses this ability to try to solve a murder of girl, who was decapitated and her body was never found. Phenomena is pretty gory for a 80's film, though maybe not as gory as a Fulci flick. I think Argento does a great job of directing here, I've always loved his use of colors and the way he shoots with his camera.
Though his movies might not always make sense, they are always entertaining. I would say he's the italian John Carpenter, I don't think that's a bad comparision. I also think that Phenomena has dream like quality to it, that's why I enjoy it so much. I highly recommend this to any fan of horror movies but if your new to Argento, I would start with Susperia first. Mainly because that's where I started and it's considered his magnum opus.
The 80's horror films are hard to beat and this is one the best of that decade. But it might take several viewings to fully appreciate it, so don't trust your first impression. Hell, I'm addicted to the movie as we speak. Oh yea, did I mention Donald Pleasence is in this? maybe that's another reason why I compare Argento to Carpenter, they both are fans of Pleasence. -Warning- don't watch the American version "Creepers" if you want to see gore. It's edited out and trust me, you want gore haha.