What happens when a girl talks to bugs, finds a prophetic fly, and hunts a killer? Find out as we try to explain the unexplainable “Phenomena”.
A girl at a remote Swiss boarding school discovers she has psychic powers that allow her to communicate with insects, and she uses the oddest of superpowers to pursue the serial killer terrorizing her school — with the help of a bug expert and a cunning chimp. No, it’s not weird at all!
ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
This podcast will make your skin crawl.
This week on They Mostly Podcast at Night, grab your crime-fighting animal sidekick, sleepwalk off a roof, and join Chaos and Carnage for a bizarre murder-mystery with Jennifer Connelly in Phenomena!
If you are a new listener to the PaNcast, be aware there are spoilers and expletives ahead! We break down the movie, go through a summary, offer analysis, trivia, arbitrary awards, reviews, ratings, fanfiction and more!
“Girl goes to boarding school, sleepwalks into nightmare… and things go awry.” (Five second summary)
This week, Chaos brings us another Dario Argento film, and this one might actually get Carnage’s seal of approval. It’s a wild ride, as an insect-loving young girl moves into a Swiss boarding school, sleepwalks off a roof, meets a clever chimp nursemaid to an entomologist, and catches a killer with the help of the Great Sarcophagus!
Join us for discussions like: Were the guys who hit Jennifer with their car trying to help or abduct her? Would we like a monkey sidekick that plays with knives? Is Sophie in Single White Female territory with her intimate knowledge of Jennifer’s life? How is Jennifer ‘asleep, but not asleep, but totally asleep’ as she chants her mantra, “I am sleepwalking, I need to wake up?”
We also discuss the immortal Donald Pleasence line, “It is completely normal for insects to be slightly telepathic.”
And what about the central plot? Who is killing young women in the Swiss countryside? Could it be some chained maniac… or something hiding in plain sight?
Check out the trailer for Phenomena below. And if you haven’t seen it, or if it’s been a while, be sure to catch up on the film before listening to this spoiler-y podcast. It’s currently streaming on Shudder.