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Movie Review of Black Swarm

A review of the 2007 movie about killer wasps.

Synopsis: A widowed deputy sheriff moves back to her home town of Black Stone, New York with her daughter only to discover the residents are being turned into zombies by genetically altered wasps.

Who’s in it? Sebastien Roberts, Sarah Allen, Rebecca Windheim and Robert Englund.

What I liked about this movie: Judging by the somewhat weak special effects, this was probably a made-for-TV movie. However, even though the special effects weren’t always the greatest, I had to admit the overall plot was better than expected.

The idea of wasps being genetically altered as weapons isn’t overly farfetched and, even though it was somewhat extreme, I kind of liked the idea of insects with the ability to take control of human bodies because, if nothing else, it gave the heroes something to fight that wasn’t just a swarm of wasps.

Casting Robert Englund as Eli was a good decision. He managed to make his character just creepy enough to make you second guess whether or not he is one of the good guys. When he was alone with the little girl (Windheim) in the church, I was half expecting him to take on his Freddy Krueger persona.

What I didn’t like about this movie:  Maybe it’s just because I have kids of my own but, I really didn’t like the girl in this movie because she is just so misbehaved. Not only does she talk to (and take food from) strangers, she seems to have no problem slipping away from the babysitter to trespass on the creepy bee-keeper’s property. Someone needed to teach her some common sense.

Of course, to be fair, there was something seriously wrong with her mom too; considering from the discussions, it sounds like she was in a relationship with her dead husband and sleeping with his twin brother.

Final Opinion: It’s not the greatest horror movie I’ve ever seen but, if you can’t find anything better; it’s not a bad way to kill a couple hours.

My Grade: 3 stars out of a possible 5.

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