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Locusts: The 8th Plague
Locusts The 8th Plague
Actors: Julie Benz, Jeff Fahey, David Keith, Dan Cortese, Kirk B.R. Woller
Director: Ian Gilmour
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2009     1hr 28min

Watch the skies... and run! Terror is breeding at a remote Midwestern government facility, where top-secret lab experiments have resulted in genetically-engineered locusts able to devour the flesh from any humans in their ...  more »


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Actors: Julie Benz, Jeff Fahey, David Keith, Dan Cortese, Kirk B.R. Woller
Director: Ian Gilmour
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great fun, if you take it as a parody
Ashtar Command | Stockholm, Sweden | 06/14/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"One of the cable channels here in Sweden just showed this awful movie, at 2:40 AM. It's 4:30 AM as I'm writing this. Insomnia, anyone?

I didn't expect much of a movie titled "Locusts: the 8th plague" , but I must admit that the movie was even worse than my low expectations.

Unless, of course, you take it as a parody...

A swarm of dangerous, deadly, meat-eating locusts escape from a research laboratory of questionable reputation. They attack and mutilate cows. Then, they turn on farmers. Even later, they attack an amusement park. Naturally, the hungry insects also consume a doomsday preacher who quotes the locust verse from the Book of Revelation! Various special units from Washington are called in, but it turns out that the locusts (who are nicely coloured in red, by the way) are drawn towards their napalm-like pesticide, rather than killed by it.

Only one man can save the world (or is it southern Idaho): the main character of this second-rate horror show turns out to be a vegan freak who only eats organic foods. This makes him immune to the locusts. He promptly sprays the swarm with an all-organic pesticide called All Organic, and presto, the Biblical plague is thwarted in the bud. Pity nobody told Ramses II!


"Locusts: the 8th plague" has all ingredients that make a horror movie really, really bad. For starters, you can actually see that the locusts are either animated, or made of plastic (red plastic). The fire spewed by one of the special units is also obviously bogus. The locusts kill and eat people so fast, that you hardly see it happening. Many of the actors are worthless, the crook naturally gets eaten by his own invention, and the usual conflicts between the silly officer and the smart scientist are *so* boring. Nor is there any hot love between the hero and his girlfriend (another smart scientist). At least the roaches at the beginning of the movie look authentic, but they are quickly consumed by the damn locusts!

I hope this movie was made as a joke. If you take it with a very large grain of salt, it's actually quite funny. It's what Swedes call "a turkey movie": a movie that's so bad, that it actually gets good!

But they did miss something! All second-rate movies let some third-rate rock band sing an end credit song. This movie had none?!

I mean, I'm sure David Lee Roth or Dee Snider would have recorded a locust song, in case anyone asked them too!

And now, I'm off to bed...
Boredom: the 9th plague.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 05/22/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Locusts: The 8th Plague (Ian Gilmour, 2005)

Put the names Dan Cortese (TV's What I Like About You) and Julie Snow (Satan's School for Girls) on a movie and you're almost guaranteed that the only channel who's going to option it is Sci-Fi. And, what a surprise, here we have the Sci-Fi Channel original Locusts: The 8th Plague. (Because spelling out "eighth" would have either been too unhip, or no one involved with the movie knew how to spell "eighth.") While you're at it, throw in a bunch of character actors-- Keith David, Jeff Fahey, Kirk Woller, and the truly great Hristo Shopov-- and do you really even need a synopsis to know you either must see this movie or must avoid it at all costs, depending?

Anyway: genetically-mutated locusts that eat human flesh. Scientists. Military. Battle. Really, really awful special effects (someone discovered the "particles" section of the CGI software, and didn't realize that what makes flames look really cool in computer games would not work for flowing blood). Bad acting. Stupid love-story subplot. Greedy scientists getting their comeuppance, while the conflicted ones get saved. Final scene that suggests a sequel. (Locusts: the 9th Plague?)

This movie is thoroughly awful. It could have been written by a half-asleep six-year-old with ADHD. But, like most Sci-Fi Original Turn-Your-Brain-Off pieces of sheer stupidity, it has the advantage of being watchable, if nothing else. You have to turn your brain off to watch it, but when the stupidity is broken into chunks by ads for Viagra and alcohol-free Pam, your brain is saved from completely breaking down. * ½