Black Swarm (2007) – TV Movie

“Black Swarm”

# 17 of the 31 days of horror challenge.  (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)

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A town is overrun by genetically engineered mutant wasps.  It’s up to a small town exterminator, an entomologist, a Deputy Sheriff and the man who engineered them to stop them.

This poorly written made-for-tv movie is full of some of the worst thought out characters I’ve seen in a long time.   Within the first 5 minutes the new Deputy Sheriff misses her daughter talking to and taking food from a stranger then sends her daughter off to an erratically driving ice cream truck and doesn’t notice the creepy behavior of the driver.   The people who get stung my the modified wasps turn into “drones,”  who behave zombie like and incubate the wasps eggs.  But, hey, Robert Englund plays the part of the “bee keeper” who befriends said daughter and he is always worth watching.

The make up was pretty good and though the movie relied heavily on CGI, there were a few practical effects.  Of note is the “effect”  the filmmakers used to create the cracks in a van’s windshield by applying a window decal of a crack.

Overall, I managed to get some enjoyment out of this film, but I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you’re having a drink (or 6) and looking for a movie to rip apart.

I gave this 1 mixed drink.

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