Phenomena Review

The Phenomena here must be how Jennifer Connelly's utter lack of acting ability on display in this film eventually translated to an Academy Award later in her career. Lessons? Dunno. Anyway, Dario Argento's movie is rather typical of his oeuvre and one of his better attempts. In this installment, a sleepwalking (literally) Connelly uses her odd ability to communicate with insects (yes, she can even hear them over the synth-ballad soundtrack!) to help an investigation into a serial killer who's plying his trade near her Swiss boarding school. Silly and hammy, it's redeemed by some interesting moments and a good amount of suspense, despite the fact that there's a giant monkey pushing Donald Pleasence in a wheelchair. And I'm not kidding.

Aka Creepers.


Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 110 mins

In Theaters: Friday 2nd August 1985

Budget: $3.8M

Distributed by: Media Home Entertainment

Production compaines: DACFILM Rome

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Jennifer Corvino, as Professor John McGregor, as Frau Br├╝ckner, as Inspector Rudolf Geiger, Fiore Argento as Vera Brandt, Federica Mastroianni as Sophie, Fiorenza Tessari as Gisela Sulzer, Mario Donatone as Morris Shapiro, Francesca Ottaviani as Nurse, Michele Soavi as Kurt, Franco Trevisi as Real Estate Agent, Davide Marotta as Patua, as Headmistress, Fulvio Mingozzi as Mr. Sulzer