Donald Pleasence [Halloween], who has always been a horror favorite of mine, gives a subltle and warm performance as entomologist John McGreggor who befriends Jennifer and tries to help her understand the nature of her psychic abilities.
While there are small flaws here and there, who cares? Argento doesn't and neither should you! It's all about mood, atmosphere and suspense. Phenomena has plenty of all three….with a bit of blood...or a lot of blood thrown in the mix. Hey, what's an Argento film without at least one decapitation?
Italian horror is a bit of an acquired taste and I'm definitely hungry for more. Argento has such a unique and distinctive perspective as a filmmaker and writer. This one is not to be missed. As an added bonus, most of the soundtrack is done by Italian Prog-rock band Goblin. Who could ask for anything more?
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.