Tranquil seaside community is overcome by a voracious strain of killer cockroaches, the toxic result of nearby un-regulated chemical testing. Despite the local mayor's inert response (Lansing) for fear of losing investment, local police man (Luz) is determined to take the threat seriously, even if he has to act along to save the woman he loves (Langlois) who also happens to be the mayor's daughter. Slow to develop, the momentum picks up late in the picture, as Luz realizes the situation is hopeless and improvises an escape plan, not counting on dangers emerging from within. Some utterly repulsive special effects steal the show late in the piece, but it's a nebulous storyline that runs out of road long before the spectacular conclusion.
Oddly atmospheric Roger Corman inspired (or financed at least) production has a decent cast delivering some intelligent dialogue, along with competent special effects and production design. In spite of these achievements, the pace is fatally pedestrian, robbing the film's chance of becoming a taut, suspenseful and memorable horror tale.
The bugs are a triumph of ingenuity, their rather grotesque, ribbed appearance looks menacing in spite of their diminutive size -' their appetites for red meat also substantially more abundant. The make-up effects applied to Lansing's character late in the film, is as hideous as they come and sure to please those with cast-iron stomachs, although it might prompt nausea from the regulation peanut gallery.
Review by Chris. from the Internet Movie Database.