"Phenomena is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento. An edited version of the film was released in the United States under the title Creepers. The title was changed to Creepers because it was decided most Americans can’t pronounce Phenomena.
Legendary horror director Argento made the film between Tenebrae (1982) and Opera (1987), but it’s more like his earlier classic horror film Suspiria (1977). Now, there may be almost thirty minutes missing from the American version, but it’s not as if you’d notice. I hope you have your sick bucket ready is what I'm saying here.
Jennifer Connelly stars as a young American school girl (she was 15 when she made the movie) named Jennifer Corvino, who is the daughter of a famous actor and off in Switzerland attending the Richard Wagner School for Girls. But oh my, not all is well at the school - there's a psychopathic killer on the loose. Weirder still, Jennifer Connelly has a knack for telepathically communicating with insects.
And the script... What script? At times during the movie it feels like Argento said, 'You. Do something that completely defies human nature and we'll keep it.' The logic eluded you scene after scene. Perhaps that is why people see this as one of the director's worst films.
This was Argento's first film to be shot in English, although only the scenes of Connelly and Pleasance together were shot sync sound. The film was released in the summer of 1985 to American theaters and drive-ins from New Line Cinema. Most of the Italian and other non-English speaking actors/actresses actually dubbed their own voices into English for the USA and UK distribution. Jennifer Connelly had part of her finger bitten off by the chimpanzee in the final scene at the end of the film. She was rushed to the hospital and the finger was re-attached.
Aside from the fact that the main character can control bugs not unlike Carrie could control objects, the movie is a relatively straightforward horror movie. Someone has been killing young women (and decapitating them), and young Jennifer Connelly believes that with the help of her insect friends, she can find the killer.
Overall, the film is surprisingly decent, if not rather cheesy, and the plot filled with countless twists and turns. The end really gores it up. The film is filled with lots of bloody FX and folks, this one is creepy, scary and just plain out there."
Steve's Snacks Of The Week:
Teriyaki Beef Jerky
Bag Of Chips
Kiwi Strawberry Fruit Juice
Asthma Medication Aftertaste
... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety absolutely FREE! But first lets go over a few ground rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed in this or any of our 1 Galindo Theater locations. Any and all talkers will be vomited upon mercilessly. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING.
And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).
Enjoy the show y'all!