Dario Argento go, Phenomena stands as our 2nd favorite behind only Suspiria.
Maybe it's not his 2nd best movie, and maybe Suspiria isn't even his best (it's all subjective, really), but for us, there's just something about this one that has always brought us to our happy place as Horror fans.
The fact that Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasance are in it probably has a lot to do with it. Then again there's the monkey with the straight-razor; the awesome Goblin score; the repeated use of Flash of the Blade by Iron Maiden; the creepy mutant kid; the kill scenes...
For us, Phenomena is just one of the definitive 80's Horror flicks, and one of our favorite Italian gorefests of all-time.
*This review was originally posted in 2008, but we've brought it back to the top to coincide with the new Blu-ray release from Synapse, because it's a cool 80's flick that deserves the love.
American Schoolgirl Hottie, Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly was older than me when this was made, so I can call her hot and it's not creepy!), is shipped off to a Swiss boarding school by daddy, and good old fashioned Giallo goodness is unleashed!
|YOU SNOTTY/YUMMY LITTLE MYNX!|
|"WANNA SEE WHY THEY CALL ME ROLLNG THUNDER?"|
|SHE SHOULD DEFINITELY HEAD TOWARDS THAT HOUSE...|
|YEAH, GO OVER THERE AND TAP HIM ON THE SHOULDER.|
Phenomena manages to keep the tension at a good level, and delivers on the gore. The use of a chimp and swarms of insects puts a neat twist on things, and makes the movie creepier. Using Iron Maiden's Flash of the Blade was a brilliant musical choice as well.
Donald Pleasance is a Horror God: The Halloween movies, Price of Darkness, Escape From New York, just to name a few... he always delivers, and manages to raise the level of some less-than-great movies just by his presence. He shines in this one as well. It's truly a shame that he's no longer with us.
Of course, Jennifer Connelly makes this one instantly better as well. I won't dwell on her too much here, because you can see our tribute to her in the Horror Hottie section; but she kicked ass in this one.
|"YOU'RE ALL MY CHILDREN NOW." YEAH, WE KNOW KNOW, JC, WE KNOW.|
|MONGOLOID MIKE IS IN THIS.|
|SHE'S GOING TO GET AN INFECTION FROM SWIMMING IN THAT.|
|SHE'S ALWAYS LOVE A GOOD PEARL NECKLACE.|
We'll post about it once we've had a chance to watch through it all, but I can safely say that even though it's pricey, it's one disc that Horror fans should spend a little extra on to own.
|GO, TONGA, GO!|
You can buy Phenomena on Blu-ray directly from synapse, HERE. It's limited to 3000 copies, so act fast.
Jennifer Connelly was my first crush as a kid, and she turned into one of the hottest chicks of all time. Don't agree? Well you're wrong!