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3.5
1,739 Ratings

Phenomena

Creepers

Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1985
Horror

Synopsis

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

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Phenomena Directed by Dario Argento

Critics reviews

Uncomfortable and alien, PHENOMENA was a massive departure from the furious, hallucinatory series of supernatural horrors Argento had been making since SUSPIRIA. . . . Rather than a film that peels back the viscera of the commonplace to reveal the skeleton of evil underneath, he produced a bizarre, clinical film that resists our gaze, one that grows ever more cryptic the more it progresses.
May 25, 2018
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Style over substance is fine, but I don’t find much pleasure in Argento’s abrupt, gaudy style (cf. De Palma’s sinuous rhythms) – and maybe this is one for non-fans, my favourite of the five I’ve seen, a case where his seemingly wilful sloppiness and jagged, incoherent spatial sense are matched by totally loopy material.
March 24, 2015
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