Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Fiore Argento, Patrick Bauchau, Jennifer Connelly, Mario Donatone, Eleonora Giorgi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 8/26/2013...
This is the American cut of Dario Argento's "Phenomena," in which a very young Jennifer Connelly (who looks to be about fifteen or sixteen years old here) enrolls in an exclusive European girls' school, and gets mixed up with a killer who's been beheading her classmates. Fortunately she has the ability to "talk" to and control insects, which helps her solve the mystery of who the murderer is.
Italian horror flicks are known for being pretty random so if you're looking for a coherent, linear plot, decent acting, or realistic dialogue, this ain't your movie. (I love when people for whom English is not a native language write English movie scripts -- cuz then you get howlers like this: "Now I will KILL YOU! To AVENGE HIIIIIIM!")
On the other hand, "Creepers" was beautifully photographed, had some pretty cool gross out scenes (best bit: a swimming pool full of severed body parts and maggots!) and Iron Maiden's "Flash of the Blade" and Motorhead's "Locomotive" played during pivotal scenes. Plus, a chimpanzee goes buck wild on someone's face with a straight razor, which is something I can honestly say I've never seen in a movie before. You can't ask for much more entertainment value than that from a dollar store DVD.
I'm told that the European version of this movie (under its original title "Phenomena") runs about 20 minutes longer than this U.S. version. I don't know what they cut out or why (I'm assuming they snipped the nastier gore stuff, as the mid '80s were not a good time for gore fans in the U.S.) but now I'm curious to see the uncut version to find out if it makes any more sense than this one.
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Pete Miles | Tallahassee, Florida United States | 06/20/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"While the description says the running time is 110 minutes, this is actually the edited version which is 80 minutes at the start of the credits. The picture quality is poor (like a copy of an old VHS) and the sound is not much better. Not bad for 5 bucks, but if you are a true fan of the film, keep your eyes open for a full length copy of Phenomena which is harder to find."
Lady Of The Flies...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 05/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, CREEPERS is a truncated version of Argento's PHENOMENA. Jennifer Connely is Jennifer Corvino, a young girl at a swiss boarding school w/ the ability to communicate w/ insects telepathically. She also has odd dreams and nightly bouts of somnambulism. Jennifer finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when a madman begins killing other young girls. With the help of a kindly entomologist (Donald Pleasance), Jennifer sets out to reveal the identity of the killer. I actually like this movie a lot. The idea of "talking" to bugs may sound ridiculous, but it works! Connely is able to pull it off with ease. If you liked SUSPIRIA, then you'll enjoy this one. As in other Argento films, there is a perfect mixture of beauty and savagery. Check it out..."
Donald Pleasence, A Somnambulistic Entomologist, And A Chimp
Robert I. Hedges | 03/06/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Creepers" is a modestly scary and overtly creepy horror film starring the lovely Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence as (surprise!) an eccentric scientist. Connelly is shipped off to a Swiss boarding school in an area that happens to have an insane killer on the loose. She immediately dislikes the leadership at the school, and begins sleepwalking. It turns out that she has telepathic abilities with insects, and becomes fast friends with Pleasence, a wheelchair-bound Scottish professor of entomology. Pleasence also has a helpful chimp as an assist animal, in what seems like a quirk of the plot.
Connelly is disliked by the girls at the school, but is able to turn the tables by summoning her insect friends in a wonderful scene, which is my favorite in the film. After several murders Pleasence and Connelly agree on a strategy in which Connelly will use her insect ESP to detect the murderer. It's a given that this leads to no end of problems for her and Pleasence both. The plot has an interesting twist as the real murderer is unveiled. You may not be surprised, but the revelation is still traumatic and very creepy. The film then has multiple false endings that involve a motorboat, a mutant, an insect swarm, a highly improbable fire, a tearful reunion, and a vengeful chimp (not necessarily in the order in which you would expect).
The film is gross, particularly at the very beginning and very end, and suffers from some bad heavy metal music in inappropriate places, but while it is largely predictable (and Donald Pleasence is his usual hammy self), it is a decent combination of psychological and physical horror that will be pleasing to fans of the genre."