Brilliant sorority girl Cami's experiment in insect intelligence goes awry, leaving giant, mutant insects hunting for food in a sorority house - and the only thing to eat is beautiful sorority sisters! The insect horrors increase in size while their source of food shrinks. The girls fight a savage hit and run battle with whatever weapons they can find. But the insects have more on their super-intelligent minds than food. Beautiful Josi becomes a host for more than sorority parties when she is infected with the next generation of mutant insects! Cami and a few survivors survive the night, leaving insect carnage throughout the house. But to deal with a bug problem, you have to kill them ALL ...
Directed by: Jeffery Scott Lando
. Starring: Meghan Heffern
, Rhonda Dent
, Travis Watters
, Shawn Bachynski
, Samantha McLeod
, Anna Amoroso
, Natalie Boll
, Ryan Zwick
, Anna Farrant
, Nelson Leis
, Chris Guy
, Alan Steele
, Vicky Huang
. Music by: Christopher Nickel
Insecticidal is set in some female sorority house where wannabe scientist Cami (Meghan Heffern) has been working on a project to reactivate dormant genes in insects, not sure why but we all need a hobby I suppose. The other girls aren't too happy with Cammi & her bugs running around the place so Josi (Rhonda Dent) takes it upon herself to spray all of Cami's experiments with insect killer, problem sorted. Well that's what Josi thought but it turns out that by spraying the bugs with insect killer actually made them all grow bigger & make them more intelligent, again I really don't know why. Now with large killer bugs on the loose Cami & the surviving girls must find a way to escape before they become bug food...
This Canadian made Ceature Feature was produced & directed by Jeffery Scott Lando & if you think the Sc-Fi Channel made Creature Features such as Boa vs. Python (2004) or Komodo vs. Cobra (2005) were bad then think again because Insecticidal plunders new depths. The script by Jeff O'Brien could have been quite fun, I mean the basic premise surrounding a bunch of pretty young teenage girls being killed off by a variety of large bugs is a simple one but had potential. Unfortunately the whole film is so badly plotted & made that Insecticidal makes Mega Snake (2007) look like a masterpiece. There are scenes which don't make any logical sense, for a start how did that bug get inside the pizza box & then close the lid? There is a scene when two of the character's are attacked by a large scorpion & they hide inside the basement closing the door behind them but when we see those two girls again they are in the living room, so what happened to the scorpion & how did they get out of the basement? There is a scene early on where we see giant slugs but they are never shown again & why does no-one in the street not notice an eight foot tall Mantis in the girls garden? Why do the girls not try to call anyone? I know they call the police who think they are playing a joke but do they not know any other people they could phone & ask for help? The whole film is poorly paced, it's as dull as dishwater, it's predictable & there are many scenes that just don't work on any logical sense.
Director Lando was probably working on a low budget but one has to say that Insecticidal is reasonably well filmed, I say reasonably because I don't want to make it sound like it's amazing or anything but at least it doesn't look like it was shot on a camcorder. There's no shaky photography, no quick cut editing & no post production annoying editing techniques either which is nice. However the scenes when the girls are attacked by the bugs are terrible, they are so static & it's so obvious that the girls are fighting thin air. Now I suppose I have to talk about the special effects. Firstly the bugs aren't that big, there's a scorpion for instance which is about the same size as your average dog. Then there's the CGI computer effects, surely Insecticidal has the worst CGI bug effects of any film ever made. They are simply terrible, they look like they were rendered on a really low end home PC. I don't think I would be exaggerating if I claimed that with the PC I currently have I could have animated better looking bugs. They look truly awful & wouldn't even get into a children's cartoon series.
Technically the film overall is a complete mess, despite the photography looking alright the CGI computer effects as already mentioned are simply embarrassing. Filmed in British Columbia in Canada. The acting isn't particularly good although the girls are all pretty good looking which helps.
Insecticidal may have a clever title but as a Creature Feature it blows, the CGI computer effect bugs are truly the worst of their kind that I have seen. The story is full of holes & predictable as well, even die hard Creature Feature fans should avoid this one.
Review by Paul Andrews from the Internet Movie Database.