Directed by Dario Argento
During her first night at boarding school, Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly) witnesses a horrible murder while sleepwalking. After digging deeper into the crime, Jennifer meets a professor (Donald Pleasence, HALLOWEEN) who uncovers her psychic connection to insects, and encourages her to use her strange gift to catch the killer. Dario Argento’s sci-fi spin on his iconic giallo style has divided fans since its’ release but for us, its squirmy pleasures have only deepened. Beyond the bugs, maggots and monkeys, it’s a creepy-crawly must-see, especially for Connelly’s fearless performance.
A girl with a psychic connection to insects must use her gift to catch a killer.
Cast: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi
I couldn't care less about the plot holes, the imagery and dream logic of this film is just killer. An innocent child protagonist (a sleepwalking, insect-charming one at that) really sets the surreal tone. The way she is ostracised by her peers, becomes increasingly scared by the threat of the killer, and makes a firm decision to escape back home, ALMOST getting there before unknowingly giving herself over to the killer, all feel distinctly dream like. Not to mention the telephone down in the tunnel, and the duality of the restrained inspector who looks like he could be being restrained from violence. the whole thing felt increasingly like a scary dream, loved it.
This movie is so bizarre and I’m kind of floored at how it’s getting 5/5 in the reviews. Even as an Argento fan, this movie is ridiculous and filled with plotholes that don’t make any real sense. Jennifer says she doesn’t ever want to hurt bugs and she’s like psychic bug queen, right? Why does she freak out and rinse a bunch of them down the drain and squash some when she finds them? This girl is completely in tune with bugs, now she’s repulsed and doesn’t care for their well being? She knowingly followed the fly to where she would find dead bodies, at that, but suddenly she’s squeamish? Why does she also not intentionally call her bug friends for help? What’s the point of the sleepwalking? It literally was pointless to write it in, because she doesn’t want to tell anybody about it. I had fun watching it for what it was, because it’s silly and not the worst, but this is so far from a masterpiece lol.
My favorite Argento film! It's one you'll watch and remember in vivid detail years down the line. Unique and interesting story and surprisingly great acting!
Underrated. Jennifer Connelly is my girl.
I wish Dario Argento had let someone else write his movies for him. He could have handed them the general idea - girl who can communicate with insects uses her ability to help catch a serial killer - and they could have actually written a script with things like horror, suspense, excitement, and intelligible dialogue in it. Not to mention they could have actually incorporated the girl's power into the plot on more than a rudimentary level. It was so ill-used I had forgotten by the climax that it was even part of the plot. The heavy metal music was so poorly placed, it was as if it was done at random. The only saving graces, besides the usual lavish production design, are Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence.