Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
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
hilarious dialogye with gems like "maybe they were playing hive and go
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
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
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
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 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
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.