'Phenomena' the full length original version reps one of Argento's most memorable films. A very young Jennifer Connelly plays a young girl who finds herself at a Swiss boarding school in a town where a murderer of young women is at large. Added to that mix is a supernatural thriller involving insects, mutations and madness. A very memorable score adds to the feeling.
Enough oddness, charm and atmosphere to remind one of the best Argento, but the lack of frights, poor characterisation (Pleasance aside), and weird pacing provide a worrying glimpse to the upcoming decline -halted briefly by the marvellous "Opera" from '87- in his work.
A beautiful, surreal, and dreamlike fantasy punctuated by moments of intense horror. Plus it has deformed killer dwarves, a girl who can communicate with bugs, knife wielding chimpanzee nurses, a tub full of maggot filled dead bodies, and ridiculous comic moments. Gotta' love Argento.
Very silly, but in a wickedly wonderful way. This is everything you want from a B-movie. And in a strange way, it's kind of haunting - like a fairy tale from hell. This is obviously not a very good film, but I have to admit: I loved it. B+