maxresdefault_21The only questions I have is who isn’t a fan of Oscar Award winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and who isn’t a fan of Italian horror legend Dario Argento (Suspiria)? Those are definitely the questions I asked when I decided to watch Phenomena for today’s film. Jennifer Corvino (Connelly) is the daughter of a famous Hollywood director who is going to be staying at a school in Switzerland. What the kids at the school do not realize is that even though she is a sleepwalker, she has an amazing ability where she can communicate with insects. That amazing ability will come in handy when a series of murders are occurring near the school as she is asked to use the ability to track down the killer. The film also stars Donald Pleasence (Halloween) as Professor John McGregor, Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red) as Frau Brückner, Fiore Argento (Demons) as Vera Brandt, Federica Mastroianni (State buoni se potete) as Sophie, Fiorenza Tessari (I’ll Do It Tonight) as Gisela Sulzer, Dalila Di Lazzaro (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Headmistress, Patrick Bauchau (A View To A Kill) as Inspector Rudolf Geiger, Davide Marotta (The Passion Of The Christ) as Brückner Son, and the film was directed by Dario Argento.

jennifer-connelly-phenomena-white-summer-vintage-inspirationThis is an interesting movie from beginning to the end because it has that Argento film feel to it, but with some rookie mistakes. My biggest problem with the film wasn’t necessarily the soundtrack because I love hearing Iron Maiden, but it’s when the tracks were inserted into the film. I say that because there were times they would insert a song that would suggest something is about to happen and nothing suspenseful is happening. So, that was essentially the only problem I had with the film which essentially the least of our worries. I loved having Donald Pleasence in the film even though he had kind of a minor role, but the man is so incredible that it was a treat to have him. I loved how he had a monkey for an assistant (sort of) and believe me as you watch the film, you love the little guy. Jennifer Connelly was only 15 years old when the film was released and you could definitely tell that she had a future in the business. Like any typical Argento or Giallo films where it contains elements of a mystery film because she is trying to use the insects to solve the murders. One scene that I loved that was visually what you want as a horror fan is when Jennifer falls into this pool of dead bodies and maggots. It makes you cringe, but you an’t help but love it as a horror fan. There’s even a flesh ripping scene that you’ll have to check out as well. Another thing that bothered me was some of the action in the film cause it made no sense at times. Who walks into a strange house if you do not know if anyone’s home or if the house belongs to a psycho? There’s a scene where Jennifer throws this woman who has acted like a psycho the whole time on to the floor and she grabs the phone and starts dialing it. There is such a delay when the woman finally grabs it away from her, you’re like well it took you long enough. Other than that, it’s a pretty good film that is worth checking out especially if you are an Argento fan. I am going to give it an B+ for a final grade.

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