PHENOMENA (creepers) (1984 ITALY) D/W/P: DARIO ARGENTO W: FRANCO FERRINI
Girls at a private school in Zurich are being killed-off like in Argento's SUSPIRIA. Wheelchair-bound scientist Donald Pleasence (and his chimp) befriend new student Jennifer Connelly and together they try and solve the mystery of the killer's identity. Connelly can talk to and control insects via some kind of psychic link. Odd giallo actualy works better in the shorter English language dub (CREEPERS at 80+ mins.). The 30 min. longer "Integral Hard" version is much more long-winded. Since it's not as gory as Argento can be, you're not really missing much viscera either. With Daria Nicolodi, Patrick Bachau, Franco Trevisi, assistant director Michele Soavi and Asia's less-famous sister Fiore Argento. The soundtrack veers between Claudio Simonetti's effective synth and loud heavy metal like Motorhead and Iron Maiden.

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