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Phenomena (1985)

If Inferno (1980) is Dario Argento’s most abstract assault, the underrated Phenomena (1985) – set in “Switzerland’s Transylvania” – is by far his weirdest.

Jennifer Connelly’s psychic, Jennifer Corvino, uses her insect-whispering skills to hunt down a serial killer.

Lobbing in razor-wielding chimps, telepathic maggots and dagger-toothed dwarves, Phenomena juggles so many ideas it doesn’t know what to do with them all, but it’s held together by a rich, eerie atmosphere that smothers and glows like a cloud of fireflies.

Jennifer Corvino
Jennifer Connelly
Frau Brückner
Daria Nicolodi
Vera Brandt
Fiore Argento
Sophie
Federica Mastroianni
Gisela Sulzer
Fiorenza Tessari
Headmistress
Dalila Di Lazzaro
Inspector Rudolf Geiger 
Patrick Bauchau
Professor John McGregor
Donald Pleasence
UBS Bank Teller
Alberto Cracco
Karl, Sophie’s Boyfriend
Kaspar Capparoni
Morris Shapiro
Mario Donatone
EEG Doctor
Antonio Maimone
Brückner Son
Davide Marotta
Mr Sulzer
Fulvio Mingozzi
Nurse
Francesca Ottaviani

Director
Dario Argento