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BLACK SWARM
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: David Winning

Starring:
Sebastien Roberts
Sarah Allen
Jayne Heitmeyer
Rebecca Windheim
Robert Englund

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Sheriff Jane Kozik and her young daughter Kelsey hightailed it out of their city after her husband was killed in a freak accident (he was an exterminator). After ten years, she's returned to the town she left, Black Stone. Unforunately for her, she has to deal with killer wasps- genetically altered wasps. Did I mention her husband's identical twin brother shows up to help?
Is it good movie?
Well, this is a really bad and really stupid movie that holds very little entertainment value unless you love to laugh, get frustrated with plot holes and essentially just mock everything about the film you've chosen to watch.

Really though, who isn't scared of winged beasts like wasps? We've all heard about how swarms of africanized bees are going to destroy us all and that's a fair concept to shoot with. Unfortunately, like every single other sci-fi original film in existence, this one is populated with stupid characters and an asinine plot. On the other hand, you get awesome and hilarious dialogye with gems like "maybe they were playing hive and go seek".

Let's run it down here, shall we? Mayor who won't see the immediate danger his town is in? You got it. The scientist (a hot one) who explains what's happening really conveniently? She's in. The wasted horror legend cameo (Robert Englund) who essentially plays another crazy scientist (he's a weird old beekeeper!)? Uh huh, there too. Stupid government conspiracy, a really lame hero and mostly awful effects with a few lame zombies mixed in (see, the zombies bring the dead back to life to host their young)? Check, check and check! Don't even get me started on the weird love story sort of deal between the twin brother exterminator and his widow.

Acting here is really, really awful, and surprisingly the best of the bunch is young Rebecca Windheim, who plays the Sheriff's daughter Kelsey. I'll even throw a bit of mercy in heroine Sarah Allen's direction, she tries her best here as the sheriff. Even Englund is hammy and lame in his no-fun cameo. I mean, it's pretty par for the course if you like such goofy, bargain-basement fare.

If the idea of watching a super low-budgeted, poorly acted and simply silly flick with some lame effects and brutal CGI (helicopter, missiles, I'm looking at you), this is for you. It looks like a z-grade movie of the week (there aren't even any real wasps, they're all CG!), and it does have a few fun moments, but it's pure shlock and cheese and just complete, disposible entertainment.

Video / Audio
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a ratio of 1.78:1 and actually looks okay, has sharp colors- decent enough for a TV movie.

Audio comes in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is also perfectly acceptable, if not unremarkable.

The Extras
The only extra here are a few trailers at the start of the disc for Yeti, Vipers, and The Hive, and one for this movie as well.
Last Call
You'd think a movie combining killer insects and zombies might be awesome, but there's not a lot of fun to be had in this mess of a movie. It's funny and there's lots to laugh about, but even Englund can't save this one. True fans can likely skip it, creature feature lovers might enjoy.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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