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There is no mistaking the B-movie genre that this film neatly sits. The qualities of which will automatically make it loved by some, loathed by others, and for the majority, just exact a simple shrug of the shoulders.
I liked the film, the acting wasn't terrible, and in places could be classed as quite admirable. The characters themselves weren't original, but then I wasn't expecting any different, and the script didn't make me cringe, but it also remains forgettable.
The elements that did surprise, were the above par special effects and the score.
The bugs were honestly creepy and apart from anything else, a level of common sense was made about their appearance. They looked like bugs, they didn't have horns, they didn't have glowing eyes, they were perfectly normal bugs, uping the realism and therefore increasing the creeps.
The score by Vinny Golia is inventive, and although lacking a main theme, underscored the film to good effect, keeping the audience perfectly in sync with the director's intentions.
What the film did need.... humour. Yes they were jokes here and there, but none really hit the mark, and when you look at the B-movie horror monster genre, the films that become worthy of the term "Cult" usually contain copius amounts of laughs, for example, "Deep Rising" and "Lake Placid". That is by no means saying that if the script was more humourous it would elevate this film to "Cultdom", but it might have given it a helping hand.
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