Phenomena (1985) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Phenomena (1985)

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  • Release Date:  1985
  • Genre:  Supernatural Power
  • Director:  Dario Argento
  • Screenwriter:  Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
  • Cast & Crew: Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni, Fiorenza Tessari, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Patrick Bauchau, Donald Pleasence, Alberto Cracco, Kaspar Capparoni, Mario Donatone, Antonio Maimone, Davide Marotta, Fulvio Mingozzi, Francesca Ottaviani

Phenomena (1985) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.8 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.8 / 10

Phenomena (1985) Synopsis:

A young girl with the power to communicate with insects is sent to a girls-only institution where she and her friends will find themselves the prey of a mysterious killer.

Phenomena (1985) Review:

As in pretty much every movie by Dario Argento, the backbone story is the one of a crime movie, with the investigation of multiples murders committed by an unknown  killer that will get revealed at the end only. As for Suspiria or Inferno, this Argento’s movie also has a good part of paranormal horror in it. The ability of the girl to communicate and use insects for her own deed may sound stupid at first, but it is really well used here, and it brings some fresh air to a genre who can be quite repetitive. This supernatural aspect also leads to a couple of great scenes such as the use of the fly to find the killer lair. A scene that is not without reminding of Argento’s other masterpiece Opera, in which crows are used to identify the killer.

This first hour of Phenomenon is quite slow, and dramatically lack a little gore and/or an action scene at least. The murders are also quite repetitive. Luckily, the final thirty minutes are totally mad, with a lot of gruesome scenes and a great villain. Young Jennifer Connely (Requiem for a Dream, Hulk, Blood Diamond) is very good as the main actress. The music is awesome too, alternating between Iron Maiden, Goblin and MotorHead.

Some great Argento as usual!

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