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Mosquito

2 Ratings: 1.5
a horror movie

Released in 1995 this low budget, independent horror/comedy was written for the screen by Steve Hedge, Tom Chaney, and Gary Jones from Jones' original story. Jones also served as the film's director. Special effects Supervisor was Richard Jake Jacobson, … see full wiki

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This Flick Will Get under Your Skin!

  • Apr 12, 2009
Rating:
+4
What is your personal criteria for determining what constitutes a "good" horror movie? Is it one that has a big budget? Sensational special effects? A cast made up of big name Hollywood stars or a really well-written, intelligent script that's brilliantly acted and meticulously directed? Yeah, all of that would be nice, but I live in the real world and ultimately all I really ask from any movie is that I enjoy it. Now there are many people who would label movies that lacked those sterling qualities but which they still found enjoyable as "guilty pleasures." Not me, nope, no guilt here. If I enjoyed them, I enjoyed them and that's that. So here it goes. I will stand up straight and tall and look everyone right in the general direction of their eyes and declare firmly: I really like MOSQUITO, and, yes, I think it's a good movie! There. It's out in the open.

Its acting, script, direction, etc. are all adequate for a movie of this type, but even if they weren't--so what? Is that really what anybody goes to a horror movie for, honestly?!MOSQUITO is a genial and likeable film that succeeds as no big bug film has before or since (with the exception of THEM) because it's just good natured fun with some nice special effects thrown in on the side. Filmed in the mid 1990's deep in the heart of Michigan (probably for inspiration of the insectoid variety) this little flick is helped along by a cast the includes Gunnar Hansen (From TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) and Ron Asheton,who I'm told is famous as a proto-punk musician with The Stooges although I know him from his role in FROSTBITER, LEGEND OF WENDIGO, an indie that was released by Troma. Asheton died January 6, 2009 of a heart attack at the age of 60.
 
For being a low budget production MOSQUITO opens with an effective display of special effects as an orbiting spaceship dispatches a smaller vehicle towards planet Earth. This smaller craft crashes and an alien with a physiognomy reminiscent of those in Gene Barry's WAR OF THE WORLDS emerges from the ship only to die before we can see more than an appendage. Unfortunately a mosquito also spots the alien arm and zooms in for an exotic snack. Thus our movie begins.

Our victims du jour include Meg and her boyfriend Ray (who are on their way to the State Park where Meg will start her new summer job as a ranger), Parks who was sent by the army to investigate what they believe to be a meteor crash the night before (in actuality, the alien ship), Hendricks the bumbling comic relief ranger (played by Ron Asheton), and a gang of bank robbers who are quickly whittled down to just one, Earl, played by Gunnar Hansen. In true horror film tradition all these characters squabble amongst themselves and try good naturedly to kill each other before FINALLY joining forces against the real threat--those lousy skeeters! Before the film ends our heroes pull a Romero in an old farm house, Gunnar Hanson has a touching reunion with a chainsaw, and we learn that a refrigerator can be your friend in this type of situation.


This is one of those films where even the evil-doers aren't all that bad, and half the fun is trying to guess who, if anyone is going to make it out alive. If you're one of those people who watches horror films, especially comedies, expecting them to make sense then you have my sympathies for you are missing out on all the fun in life. I've done my share of griping too, I AM LEGEND for instance, but that was a completely different kind of film made for a completely different purpose and should thus be held to a different standard than a film such as this. This is just plain fun, so check your brain at the door and go along for the ride.

 There's also some cute stop motion bugs.  And who doesn't love stop motion animation?

MOSQUITO

Directed by Gary Jones
Original story by Gary Jones
Screenplay by Steve Hodge, Tom Chaney, and Gary Jones
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Jake Jacobson
Stop-Motion Animation: Animasaur Productions

CAST: Gunnar Hansen, Ron Asheton, Tim Lovelace, Rachel Loiselle, Steve
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This Flick Will Get under Your Skin! This Flick Will Get under Your Skin! This Flick Will Get under Your Skin! This Flick Will Get under Your Skin!

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August 07, 2010
That's right you look them in the eye and say it, that is why you are the Queen.
August 07, 2010
Hail to the Queen, baby.
 
August 06, 2010
What a fun and honest review - thanks! Loved the intro and was laughing out loud at "those lousy skeeters!"
August 06, 2010
A Scottish band that was playing an outdoor concert in Tampa swore that some mosquitos had stolen their luggage and were trying their clothes on for size!
 
August 06, 2010
Thanks for the thoughtful review. Stop motion? Count me in! ;D
August 06, 2010
Yup, there's a little bit of old school here and ya gotta love that.
 
April 12, 2009
Naw, THE FLY doesn't qualify as a bug pic, you're right there. Its sort of a science runs amuck flick. Alas I've only caught portions of that Troma flick because the DVD was defective and I've never run into another. It didn't look like it was going to suck though. I think it was actually an indie film that Troma was distributing if I remember correctly.
 
April 12, 2009
Not me, I never liked FOOD OF THE GODS. I think I was editing this one while you were reading it. Its a nice little flick , not one for the gorehounds but its funny and the stop motion bugs are good. I suppose that I ought to add somewhere in the body of the review that Ron Asheton died not long ago.
April 12, 2009
really? you didn't like that movie? I'm a bit surprised. I guess that movie gives me a feeling of nostalgia since our entire family went to see it when I was very young. Yes, this one had a very small amount of gore but it was fun. Stop-motion animation always ruled.
April 12, 2009
We all have a special fondness for the ones we grew up with, I was just a bit too old for that one. It is the one that starred MarJoe Gortner, right?
 
April 12, 2009
yes! the queen is back! I saw this little film on sci-fi sometime ago and it wasn't bad at all. It was fun to watch those bugs--for some reason, this movie made me think about "Food for the Gods" (?) the one with the giant rats. Great review, Queenie.
 
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