One of writer/director Dario Argento's weirdest efforts (and that's saying something!), Phenomena (1985) is an odd mishmash of genres (Gothic horror, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tale) that doesn't quite gel. It has moments of haunting power and the atmosphere is unique, but apart from a couple of terrific suspense sequences, this is a stilted, incoherent film, with stiff performances and poor dialogue. The score by Goblins is fantastic, though.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.