Plotwise: don’t ask. My sister will think I was high when I tell her. The rest: the score and the overall soundtrack - with that wind - are genius! Good to know the girl will stop whispering to flies and made a new monkey friend. A friendship that’s more socially accepted.
Dario Argento tombant dans un délire entomologiste, ça ne se refuse pas vraiment ! La belle Jennifer Connelly (âgée de seulement 13 ans à l'époque du tournage) donne une classe certaine à son personnage franchement bizarre de jeune fille mystérieusement "connectée" aux insectes. Des images kaléidoscopiques, du Iron Maiden démarrant sans crier gare, du grand-guignol, un chimpanzé sympa : drôle de phénomène filmique...
A fantastic atmospheric film. It is full of fantastic stuff: Jennifer at her most angelic, the fall into a pit of rotting cadavers, a monkey with a scalpel, a disgusting mutant, a crazy professor and the great haunting score "The Valley". The lack of logic add to the dreamy surrealistic feel of it all and makes this a favorite film.
'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.
Hauntingly beautiful main theme accompanied with motifs of springtime wind brings masterful mashup of classical giallo with supernatural and gothic flavor that echos Nicolas Roeg and foreshadows "Descent" while being equally suspensive, gory and atmospheric. Unlike many similar features, it gets even better towards the end, with young, competent Jennifer Connelly and veteran Donald Pleasence as reliable companions.