Monday, August 28, 2006

REVIEW: INSECTICIDAL

Sorority house: CHECK. Pretty girl with glasses as nerdy heroine: CHECK. Horrible creature effects: CHECK. Nudity and gore: CHECK. Lesbians: CHECK. Cleavage: CHECK. Kung-fu: CHECK. All that's missing is a chainsaw.

Seriously - INSECTICIDAL stacks up as one of the best b-movies I've seen in a very long time. This is how it's done, folks. When likeable science nerd Cami (Meghan Heffern) accidentally loses an experimental mutant bug in the sorority house, you can probably guess this leads to a night of some slimy, gooey, creepy goings-on. What might surprise you is the way the filmmakers executed the precise right balance between camp, comedy, and sci-fi to create an entirely satisfying low-budget movie experience. And while the computer-generated giant bugs are REALLY crappy (they make Sci-Fi Channel Original Movies' fx look like ILM) the makeup and gore are outstanding, and the acting is actually pretty good too. The standout performance of the film for me was Rhoda Dent as uber-bitch Josi, the head of the sorority house. It's definitely the best role of the film, and gives Dent a chance to really dig into a dynamic part that requires a lot of overacting. A lot. And to boot, she sometimes looks like Brinke Stevens!

This is a real ass-kicker, people. An example of just what you can do if you really understand the ingredients of the greatest exploitation and b-movies ever made. Highly recommended!

1 Comments:

Blogger Jeff O'Brien said...

Much appreciated. It was fun to write.

September 12, 2006 at 9:32:00 PM PDT  

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