Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kitley's Krypt MYSTERY PHOTO #64

Another week, another MYSTERY PHOTO!

Jon Kitley, pillar of the Chicago Horror Community and head honcho over at KITLEY'S KRYPT, wants to challenge your horror knowledge. Week in, week out, he posts a Mystery Photo - sometimes from an obscure horror title, sometimes just an unusual shot from a well-known classic. We figured our faithful Claw readers would enjoy the challenge!

Our last photo was from PHENOMENA (1985), probably the only “insect detective” movie out there on the shelves. A very young Jennifer Connelly appears as the daughter of a famous American movie star sent away to study at an exclusive Swiss girl’s academy, whose students just happen to be falling victim to a homicidal killer. But as this is a Dario Argento movie, things are hardly what they seem. The film opens at a full gallop, with an extremely stylish sequence of a young woman in peril, then slows down to introduce Connelly’s character and her uncanny relationship with insects. Those familiar with Donald Pleasance primarily for his increasingly loony portrayals of Dr. Loomis in the Halloween series should check out his fine, subdued work here as a wheelchair-bound entomologist. The strong opening first act is followed by a middle section riddled with kinetic fits and starts, and the bizarre, gory ending has “kitchen sink” written all over it. While it may be a bit much for the uninitiated, those accustomed to Argento’s lack of narrative logic and flair for the unexpected will certainly enjoy the ride.

Let's see how you fare with this week's selection:

If you provide the correct answer, your name will be announced next week on the Kitley's Krypt website (, along with a new photo. Even if you don't know the answer, we welcome any sorta-kinda educated guess! So, send in your emails today and good luck!

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