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Phenomena (Creepers - US Release)

Phenomena (Creepers - US Release)

Phenomena (Creepers - US Release)

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1985 / 82min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: DARIO ARGENTO

CAST: JENNIFER CONNELLY, DONALD PLEASENCE, DARIA NICOLODI

At a girls’ school in Switzerland, boarder Jennifer Connelly discovers that she possesses the ability to telepathically communicate with insects, a skill that comes in handy when she joins forces with entomologist Donald Pleasance and his pet chimpanzee to unmask a murderer running amok. Boasting the most outlandish premise that Argento ever dared, as well as startling soundtrack cues from Iron Maiden and Motörhead.

Dario Argento’s original cut of Phenomena, released in Italy in 1985 with a 116 minute run time, is now often referred to as the “integral cut.” When New Line Cinema purchased the film for release in the US, in an attempt to obtain an R rating, they not only cut the film down to 83 minutes, but reordered many of the sequences and changed much of the music—this cut, retitled Creepers, was the last of Argento’s films to get a wide release.

Phenomena is screening as part of the Dario Argento series.