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Infestation (2009)

  Tags: Brooke Nevin, Bru Muller, bugs, cheesy, Chris Marquette, comedic, Dale R. Simonton, Deborah Geffner, E. Quincy Sloan, Efram Potelle, infestation, insects, Jim Cody Williams, Kinsey Packard, Kyle Rankin, Mike Straub, Ray Wise, syfy, VJ Kewl

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Kyle Rankin
87 minutes
Chris Marquette, Brooke Nevin, Ray Wise, Efram Potelle, Jim Cody Williams, Bru Muller, E. Quincy Sloan, Deborah Geffner, Kinsey Packard, VJ Kewl, Dale R. Simonton, Mike Straub

Infestation premiered on the SyFy channel back in August, although I wasn't able to catch it when it aired. Luckily I was able to catch the unedited version in its nudity and swear-filled glory! Well not really, a pair of boobs show up at one point and there are a few scenes where profanities are used, but that's about it. For a movie that wasn't specifically made for the SyFy channel is sure as hell looked like a SyFy channel movie. Although for once that's not an entirely bad thing. The film did still manage to entertain and the laughably cheesy effects seemed to fit right into the tone of the flick.

The story follows a young slacker who awakens in some sort of cocoon like state. He finds himself surrounded by other webbed victims and is suddenly faced by a strange three-foot long bug already in attack mode. After he fends off the creature he stumbles onto a group of survivors, where they all attempt to piece together what is happening to the city and how they can make their way to safety. They soon discover that a key weakness that all these large insects seem to contain is the fact that they can't see and have to rely on sound. The group obviously uses this to their advantage as they make their way to a home, which is said to have a bomb shelter.

The film is filled with plot-holes and a lot of cheesy practical and computer-generated effects, but being that it's a pic that pokes fun at itself and plays homage to other genre efforts, it wasn't that big of an issue for me. The comedy is decent, but there weren't any moments where I found myself laughing at anything on screen aside from the cheesy look of some of the bugs. There are a couple cool scenes where a human/bug hybrid appears as some sort of zombie with bug legs, but sadly those zombie-ish foes weren't in the film as much as they should've been. When it came down to it, Infestation accomplished what it was aiming for -- being a cheesy, but entertaining giant insect genre effort.

Although filled with plot-holes and bad effects, Infestation proved to be a decent and fairly entertaining genre effort. It doesn't necessarily offer anything we haven't already seen before, but it accomplishes what it set out to do, which was to make a fun and cheesy giant killer insect flick.

Posted on September 18, 2009 - 2:23pm | FrighT MasteR