Phenomena (1985) *


A schoolgirl who can communicate psychically with insects helps track down a killer in an Alpine village.

Ripe Dario Argento madness, with enough plot threads for six ordinary horror films and excellent Swiss locations. Exceptionally bizarre even by the man's own standards, but for the most part irresistibly entertaining (under the usual terms and conditions). The incredible opening sequence sets the tone and the film never really lets up from then on, though it loses touch with reality very early on. The rock score is more than usually intrusive, but will still be all part of the fun for many.