'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.
Good camerawork and interesting choice of music. This film reminded my Suspiria so much I find it hard not to compare them: the plot, location, main characters and much more; while both films are based on rather ridiculous stories, Suspiria used the story well and was straight up crazy and over-the-top, Phenomena in comparison seems a bit dull, it's still a decent B class horror though!
cool. interesting maggots, quite small, possibly pinkie maggots so good for winter coarse fishing. got quite a few like that in the bin outside but they are just under fed normal maggots. i liked this film as i like maggot types but also because i like stylish films and ones with imaginative plots like this has. the end bit is pretty relentless which i liked also and the swiss countryside is to die for,,,,
Argento torments another all girls school with the horrors of a... scissoring kind while Jennifer Connelly is lead towards the conclusion through a psychic connection with insects. You can't really ever be prepared for the absurd final act. Phenomena hangs somewhere between genius and ridiculous. The moral, I think, is - insects might seem gross and dangerous but really, children are the worst.