Oh, yeah! Wasp zombies!
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 11/20/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Black Swarm (David Winning, 2007)
Okay, I was all set to give this the standard Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie review, but then I got to the wasp zombies.
Yes, you heard me correctly, the wasp zombies. How can any movie that has wasp zombies in it not be one of the coolest things ever? In a cheesy, horrible sort of sense, of course.
The plot: Jane Kozik (Secret Window's Sarah Allen) moves back to the rural town of Black Stone, NY with her daughter Kelsey (Rebecca Windheim). She'd left for Manhattan ten years earlier after a traumatic event which the first half-hour of the movie takes great pains to mask, so I won't mention it here. Just after they get to town, Kelsey meets the sinister Beekeeper, Eli (Robert Englund, who should need no introduction), who seems crabby, but not an especially bad sort. Meanwhile, the local exterminator, Devin Hall (Sebastien Roberts), goes to check out an infestation of bees in the tool shed of Beverly Rowe (Abandon's Sheena Larkin), the town blind-grandmother-ly type. He doesn't find much, but as he's pulling out the wall, something flies out and smacks into the lightbulb. (This should really have made him wonder later on in the film, but no.) He finds nothing, but a vagrant who breaks in looking for a place to sleep that night finds something. Oh, yes. Yes, he does. Anyway, there's some sort of history between Devin and Jane. Cue silly romance subplot, but there's a catch-- after the vagrant's death, the town coroner calls in Katherine Randell (Jayne Heitmeyer), an entomologist from a nearby university. Who happens to be quite attractive. And quite forward.
I have to say, there's not a great deal to recommend this flick to people who aren't diehard fans of the Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie. I mean, come on, how many killer-insect movies have you seen? And how many of them have been on the Sci-Fi Channel? This one's about the same, with bad science, bad acting, bad sound, pretty much bad everything. In other words, it's your standard Sci-Fi Channel Movie.
But, you know, WASP ZOMBIES. **
W. Eubank | Oklahoma City, OK | 08/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I movie is very scary and fun. It has great action and humor. The qulity is very good. Robert Englund is great in this movie."