Aenigma (1987)

Italy, Yugoslavia, 1987
85m (USA), 90m (Italy), 2415 metres
35mm film, colour
Italian

An Italian/Yugoslavian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci.

Plot Summary

Kathy is the butt of a cruel practical joke involving a sports teacher, sprung on her by her vindictive classmates. She winds up in hospital when the joke goes horribly wrong and she’s run down in a traffic accident. She seems to die in hospital but her spirit proves possesses the body of a newcomer to the exclusive girls’ school, Eva, who has only recently recovered from a nervous breakdown. As Kathy’s apparently dead body begins showing signs of cerebral activity, she uses Eva as a medium through which to avenge herself on her persecutors.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Lucio Fulci
© [not given on screen]
Ettore Spagnuolo presents a film produced by Ettore Spagnuolo for A.M. Trading International s.r.l. Roma
Executive Producer: Walter Bigari
Story and Script: Giorgio Mariuzzo, Lucio Fulci
Director of Photography: Luigi Ciccarese
Edited by: Vanio Amici
Original Music Composed and Directed by: Carlo Maria Cordio
Mixer: Bruno Monreal
Costumes: Karlo Klemencic’
Make Up: Giuseppe Ferranti
Hair: Maria Teresa Carrera
Special Effects: Production Film 82 s.n.c.
Special Photographic Effects: Lucio Fulci
Art Director: Kemo Hrustanovic
Locations: Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Cast
Jared Martin (Dr Robert Anderson)
Lara Naszinski (Eva Gordon)
Ulli Reinthaler (Jenny Clark)
Sophie d’ Aulan (Kim)
Jennifer Naud (Grace O’Neil)
Riccardo Acerbi (Fred Vernon)
Kathi Wise as Virginia [Williams]
Milijana Zirojevic’ (Kathy)
Dragan Ejelogrlic’ (Nurse Betty)
Ljiljana Blagojevic’ (Mary)
Franciska Spahic’
Dusica Zegarac’ (Ms Jones)
Zorica Lesic’
Zoran Lesic’
Rade Colovic’
Lucio Fulci [police Inspector] *

Alternative Titles

Ænigma
Daemonia
– German title
L’Énigme – French Canadian video title
Internado diabólico – Argentine title

See also
Carrie (1976)
The Exorcist (1973)
Halloween (1978)
The Medusa Touch (1978)
Patrick (1978)
Phenomena (1985)
Re-Animator (1985)
Suspiria (1977)

References

Periodicals
The Dark Side no.54 p.48 – review
Fangoria no.209 (January 2002 pp.48-49 (January 2002) pp.48-49 – illustrated video review
Mad Movies no.49 pp.34-35 – review
Samhain no.12 (December 1988) p.28 – review
Shock Xpress vol.2 no.5 (Winter 1988/1989) pp.22, 23 – review
Video World September 1988 p.28 – review

Books
The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.412 – credits, review
Elliot’s Guide to Films on Video p.9 – credits, review
Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.403
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis pp.5 – credits
Italian Horror 1979-1994 by Jim Harper pp.30-31 – illustrated credits, review
Psychotronic Video Guide p.7 – credits, review
Spaghetti Nightmares p.163 – credits