Phenomena (Creepers) (1985)


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Movie Info

This Italian production, a box-office hit in Europe, focuses on a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who has a telepathic connection with insects. When a serial killer stalks the Swiss school she attends, the girl must use her new-found insect friends to thwart the murderer.

Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Franco Ferrini, Dario Argento
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On DVD: Mar 1, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Phenomena (Creepers)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The best acting is by an expressive, resourceful chimpanzee - definitely the year's Best Supporting Primate.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review… | March 7, 2011
Little White Lies

Worth catching if you're a hardcore Argento fan. Otherwise, pass.

Full Review… | June 19, 2008

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
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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.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


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

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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