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13 March 2008 (USA) See more »
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The widow, Deputy Sheriff Jane Kozik, moves from Manhattan to Black Stone, New York, with her daughter Kelsey Kozik... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Killer wasps and zombies in a Sci Fi Channel fail See more (27 total) »


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Sebastien Roberts ... Devin Hall / Dan Hall

Sarah Allen ... Jane Kozik

Jayne Heitmeyer ... Katherine Randell
Rebecca Windheim ... Kelsey Kozik

Robert Englund ... Eli Giles
Michel Perron ... Mayor Blatz
Sheena Larkin ... Beverly Rowe

Robert Higden ... Father Francis

Andrew Shaver ... Homeless Man
Mike Paterson ... Ice Cream Man

Gordon Masten ... Coroner Dr. Fogg
Jacques Monast ... Neighbor / Policeman
Joey Dufault ... Sniper #1

Gerardo Lo Dico ... Sniper #2

Directed by
David Winning 
Writing credits
Todd Samovitz (story)

Todd Samovitz (teleplay) &
Ethlie Ann Vare (teleplay)

Produced by
Robert Halmi Jr. .... executive producer
Robert Halmi Sr. .... executive producer
Irene Litinsky .... producer
Ric Nish .... producer
Jesse Prupas .... associate producer
Michael Prupas .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mario Sévigny 
Cinematography by
Daniel Vincelette 
Film Editing by
Simon Webb 
Production Design by
Gaudeline Sauriol 
Costume Design by
Janet Campbell 
Makeup Department
Penny Lee .... key makeup artist
George Tucci .... key special makeup effects artist
Camiel McLean .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Elissa Lewis .... post-production supervisor
Diandra Yoselevitz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sebastien Bouloc .... second assistant director
Nadine Brassard .... second assistant director
Ross Clyde .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sophie Grenier .... graphic artist
Sound Department
Scott Donald .... supervising dialogue editor
Philippe Espantoso .... sound re-recording mixer
David Gertsman .... sound designer
David Gertsman .... supervising sound editor
Steven Gurman .... post sound consultant
François Guérin .... boom operator (as Francois Guerin)
Roger Guérin .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Lecoufle .... sound recordist
Louis Molinas .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Gary Coates .... special effects
Marc Reichel .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Eric Aubry .... cg generalist: Buzz Image Group
Marie-Eve Bedard-Tremblay .... visual effects coordinator
Eric Fortin .... animator
Carl Gagnon .... lead modeler
Daniel Gaudreau .... digital compositor
Virginie Goulet .... digital compositor
Jonathan Laborde .... digital effects artist
Bruno-Olivier Laflamme .... digital effects artist
Jean-Francois Lafleur .... visual effects supervisor
Etienne Laroche .... digital effects artist
Guillaume Mainville .... digital effects artist
Jonathan Paquin .... animator
Mario Rachiele .... visual effects supervisor
David Raymond .... visual effects artist
Kristen Tooley .... digital effects artist
Emily Vaillancourt .... digital effects artist
Annie Carignan .... stunts
Mike Chute .... stunt coordinator
Naomi Frenette .... stunt double
François Gauthier .... stunts
Nathalie Girard .... stunt double
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt performer
Thomas Luccioni .... stunts
Louis Paquette .... stunt performer
Derek Seguin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Philippe Bernier .... second assistant camera
Michel Bernier .... focus puller camera "b"
Michel Paul Bélisle .... chief lighting technician
Denis-Noel Mostert .... a cam/steadicam operator
Pantazidis Panagiotis .... still photographer
Casting Department
Andrea Kenyon .... casting
Johanne Titley .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adam DeKeyser .... prep costumer
Stephanie Michaud .... wardrobe assistant (as Stéphanie Michaud)
Editorial Department
Catherine Henry .... assistant editor
Marie-Christine Potvin Bouchard .... assistant editor
Evan Tussman .... post-production supervising producer
Sarah Vachon .... assistant editor
Serge Verreault .... on-line editor
Other crew
Sophie Boyer .... script supervisor
Charles Castonguay .... production assistant
Vincent Colpron .... production secretary
Alexander Sandy Jesion .... chief financial officer
Maxime Larrivée .... production assistant
Mélanie Lebrun-Lacouvée .... production coordinator
Andre Nicolas Malouf .... production assistant (as André Nicholas Malouf)
Christina O'Shea-Daly .... executive in charge of production - RHI
Betty Palik .... unit publicist
Lexi Pathak .... assistant publicist
Simon Webb .... title designer

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USA:89 min
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Jane Kozik says "Dr. Fogg was murdered. Take a look at that petechial hemorrhaging here" and points to the bruise on his neck. Dr. Fogg eyes are closed. A petechial hemorrhage is a tiny pinpoint red mark which occurs when blood leaks from the tiny capillaries in the eyes. The forensic pathologist usually needs a very good light source and maybe even a magnifying glass to detect petechial hemorrhages. They range in size from the size of a speck of dust to around two millimeters. It is true, however, that bruising or contusions on his neck can be a sign of strangulation, but that's a different buzz word.See more »
Eli Giles:Nature can be that way, young lady. Nature can be awesome, as in inspiring awe. Not as in awesome, dude.See more »
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Killer wasps and zombies in a Sci Fi Channel fail, 24 November 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

BLACK SWARM is one of many diabolical TV movies produced by the Sci Fi channel in the USA which have somehow found international distribution via TV networks. This is a good example of a poor, schlocky B-movie at its very worst; it really is the nadir of the B-movie cycle and doesn't even exploit the various attributes which could have made it more entertaining – if ever there was a plot and premise ripe for some good old fashioned sex 'n' violence then this is the one. Instead, this feels like a tacky soap opera with some muddled genetic dialogue thrown into the mix and somebody's half-assed attempt to make a zombie movie.

Yes, that's right – zombies. They're part of this movie, controlled by the killer wasps and with icky pustules over their bodies. What do they do? You'll be thinking they kill people in messy ways, or explode, or turn other people into zombies. Well the latter option is right, but in a very lacklustre way; a few extras are transformed but that's it. These zombies just wander around in the background for ages without affecting the plot in any way. One of the actors, the one who plays the vicar, is hilarious, copying the style of the cemetery zombie at the beginning of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD but in a totally exaggerated, ludicrous-looking way.

What of the 'black swarm' of the title? Well, they're not black for starters – I think that's got something to do with the town being called Black Stone. Essentially they're just wasps, slightly bigger and tougher than the usual breed. I've got something of a phobia of wasps but these ones didn't scare me for a second. The CGI animation is adequate but apart from some scene-setting shots of them gathering in the sky, they're never shown to be menacing. One supposed 'scare' scene features a zombie spitting a cloud of them from his mouth; the problem was I already saw this moment in one of the CANDYMAN films – yet another rip-off moment.

Another problem is the lack of budget, which is pretty noticeable. This was shot in Canada on the cheap and the climax features laughably bad CGI explosions and missiles and a hilarious interlude where our heroes enter a giant wasp nest, which looks like it was inspired by ALIENS (same music) except this one appears to have been made with papier mache. The biggest fault, however, with BLACK SWARM, and the factor that makes it a worthless movie, is the absolutely awful acting. The only experienced actor of note is Robert Englund, here playing a good guy for once. The producers obviously realise they're on to a good thing with Englund, because he's the consummate professional and they figure a way for him to be in the entire movie. Everyone else is terrible, especially Sarah Allen who simply cannot emote – at all – as the 'tough' female lead. Sebastien Roberts is a wooden, charisma-free hero and child actress Rebecca Windheim is intensely irritating. Aside from Englund, this is strictly amateur night stuff, making it a struggle to sit through till the boring, pointless ending. BLACK SWARM is probably the worst "film" I've seen in recent months.

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