Horror films often take a “hit-and-run” approach to science.
Take this stylish Giallo thriller by Italian cult favorite, Dario Argento. We have a genius scientist, an entomologist, played with eccentric zest by Donald Pleasance – one of the indispensable actors of the 70s and 80’s horror boom – who calmly informs us that insects have an incredible talent for Extra Sensory Perception and can communicate with each other over long distances without any apparent connection.
We can, of course, accept part two of that statement without having to go out on that shaky limb for the conclusion that bugs have ESP.
Really. We don’t.
But, even if you do, it is still a huge reach to go from telepathic bugs to a girl with a gift for talking to – or even controlling – insects. Even if it is a young Jennifer Connelly just before her dazzling beauty fully blossomed.
This is a weird and beautiful film, with a few truly nasty bits of gore, lots of bugs, a rock soundtrack by Goblin and others that would have sounded completely out of place in anyone else’s horror film, even more bugs, and loads of sheer style.
In other words, exactly what one expects from one of Dario’s horror thrillers.
It’s quite good, and will give you the shudders if you watch it alone late at night.
Just ignore all those tire tracks it left all over science.