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Larva (2005)

In Host, Missouri, the newcomer Dr. of Veterinary Magic Eli Rudkus is called by the farmer Jacob Long to exam one of his cows. The veterinarian finds a strange parasite in the animal and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Eli Rudkus
Hayley Anderson
Jacob Long
Fletcher Odermatt
Sheriff Lester
James Daris
Zachary Stevens
Jessica Summers
Holly McWilliams
Sean Kissner ...
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Deputy (as Erron Shaw)


In Host, Missouri, the newcomer Dr. of Veterinary Magic Eli Rudkus is called by the farmer Jacob Long to exam one of his cows. The veterinarian finds a strange parasite in the animal and sends it to a friend in the Department of Agriculture for research. Later, he finds the same parasite in a creek and he summons the population for a meeting, warning that the cause might be the animal food. However, Fletcher Odermatt, the wealthy owner of the local Host Tender Meals that has been providing free animal food for the farmers, brings his lawyer Hayley Anderson and discredits Eli. When a huge mutant parasite attacks Eli and Jacob, they discover that the meals are actually an experimental genetic cocktail that is growing parasites inside the cattle and people. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They eat you from the inside out! See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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22 January 2005 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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In the scene where the guy and the girl are making out, the girl removes her bra. When the parasite starts to hurt the guy, he tells her to drive to a hospital. When she climbs to the front seat, she's wearing the bra again. As she starts the car, her bra is again missing, but as she runs away from the car, the bra is back on. See more »


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Rather timely killer creature movie
1 October 2016 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Arriving in a new town, the local veterinarian finds that a local conglomerates' need feed for the animals contains a dangerous parasite that grows into a ravenous mutant being that starts preying on the populace and tries to find a way of stopping the creatures.

This one here wasn't all that bad and had some decent parts to it. One of the main parts here is that it's a monster film ripped from the headlines as the story revolves around genetically altered parasites spawning from the feed for cattle that is accidentally spread into the town's water supply. In the wake of stories like the mad cow disease, this type of film has been a long time coming, and it's surprising it has taken as long as it has to come out. Even with this, it still follows the tried-and-tested formula for a killer creature film by using a company testing a chemical that is dangerous and accidentally gets out of hand infecting a member of the wildlife and making it vicious, but the topical approach by this one is certainly refreshing. This all serves as a strong base for the remaining fun to be had here with the parasites as they don't look like normal CGI creations. They also don't look like a normal creature, almost part bat, part slug, and part manta ray all rolled together into one really imposing threat and brings about plenty of exceptionally fun action scenes to give this a strong overall feel. The first encounter in the barn where they discover the creature is a lot of fun, as is the extended encounter in the hospital basement where the scene of it bursting out in the operating room and escaping down is the start of the fun as the multitude of searching around finding bloodied bodies before engaging in the enjoyable gunfights gives this plenty to like and the attack on the family house is another chilling action-packed sequence. The ending is simply impressive as the survivors have a giant shoot-out in the sewers as they engage in a long gunfight killing as many parasites as possible then set off a giant explosion that kills everything. These here give this one a solid pace without a dull moment in the film, which is really rare in a movie like this and really makes this one hold up incredibly well. There isn't a whole lot really wrong here. The main concern here is the clichés of the film have all been seen before. This one goes for all the usual elements in the company boss that wants to cover everything up because he doesn't want to be ruined, the corrupt cop that plays into his pocketbook, the hero who's right and no one believes him, and the single female that is drawn into the other side by the hero's plight forcing her to reorganize her priorities. It isn't that hard to follow those stereotypes, but yet here they are here in this film all in their familiar glory and makes for quite a familiar and overall run-of-the-mill effort. This is the main problem with the film alongside some shoddy CGI that pops up for the creatures in this one.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity, a few brief scenes of animal violence and a scene of child violence.

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