Having experienced a severe trauma in the forest as a young child, a teenager by the name of "Tyler Burns" (Seth Green) is forced by his father to confront his fears by going on a wilderness retreat in a wooded area of California. With him are several other teenagers who have issues of their own and who might also benefit from this excursion. Unfortunately, what the counselors, "Charles Danson" (Peter Scolari) and "Holly Lambert" (Rosalind Allen) don't count on is the fact that the area they plan on camping out at is being used by a couple of nefarious marijuana growers who are using synthetic steroids to enhance their product. That being said, not only do they not like outsiders, but the chemicals they are using also has the undesired effect of triggering growth in certain insects--most notably ticks. And as these ticks reach monstrous size this creates problems for all concerned. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that I was not at all impressed with this film for several reasons. First, the special effects used was more comical than frightening and this tended to lessen the horror rather than enhancing it. Likewise, the suspense was rather tepid and the plot featured one clichéd scene after another which also lessened the overall effect as well. In short, although I liked the performances of Seth Green, Rosalind Allen and Alfonso Ribeiro (as "Darrel 'Panic' Lumley"), there were simply too many weaknesses in this film for me to rate it any higher than I have. Below average.
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