Phenomena (Creepers) (1985)
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Between shots of stunning mountain scenery there are paranormal breezes, unfeasibly bright night-lighting and buckets and buckets of maggots.
The best acting is by an expressive, resourceful chimpanzee - definitely the year's Best Supporting Primate.
Phenomena is something like an amusement park ride that sails along pleasantly but uninterestingly, and then drops you fifty feet down. You know it's coming, but it's still quite a stomach-churning experience.
Phenomena may not be as consistent as Argento's masterpieces but it's frequently fantastic and deserves a reappraisal.
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.
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.
Lacks the power of his early works, but still packs punch, mostly by the deranged last minutes. Probably Argento's last hurrah.
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
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