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Locusts: The 8th Plague

1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Ian Gilmour

Locusts with the ability to tear human beings apart are terrorizing a small Midwestern community in this brutal and bloody horror feature. The locusts are the result of a lab experiment gone horribly wrong, and only a small, hastily assembled team has … see full wiki

Cast: Jeff Fahey
Director: Ian Gilmour
Release Date: 2005
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Locusts: The 8th Plague

Locusts: The 8th Plague - 2005

  • Feb 5, 2009
Rating:
-3
Pros: relatively short film

Cons: acting, critters

The Bottom Line:
“Don't go outside tonight
the locusts fill the sky”
~Frames

In another poorly made attempt to control insects, Locusts: The 8th Plague, steps onto the scene. There are two factors here, both supposedly fighting for the same end result … a way to destroy and/or control destructive insects that damage our crops. On the surface this seems fine but, as with all things Mother Nature related, tampering with the cycle of any life form or ecosystem is going to be disastrous.

On one hand we have Colt [you can practically hear the harps and horns every time he appears on screen], the good guy that is researching an organic pesticide solution. On the other hand we have Silogen, Colt’s former employer, that is bioengineering killer locusts to off the bad bugs. Silogen is run by Russ, who seems sincere enough in his goals but dumber than a pancake about business, and happens to be the father of Vicky, who works for the USDA. Oh, by the way, she is engaged to Colt.

Of course, any time you have scientists mucking about with organisms, you have a bad guy, Gary. Again, it appears he has good intentions but when the locusts get loose [you just knew they would] his true nature outs itself, and so does Gary. With the locusts on the fly people and animals are being eaten like a bunch of drunk facing a huge tub of wings with free beer on the side. It ain’t pretty folks.

In fact, Locusts, etc., directed by Ian Gilmour is rated R for violence and disturbing content. It should have been rated R for bad CGI effects because I coulda made a better locust on my own computer with PhotoShop, whatever …

There are some very nasty scenes in the movie and they aren’t shy about showing them either. The locusts never truly devour, just strip the outer skin … I’ll leave that picture to your own imagination. They do have the power to completely blow through a body, helmets, steel, and other things [another gruesome experience] but can only damage automobile windows when it benefits the gory scene. And there is that awful adventure at the amusement park … you’ll never feel the same way again about boarding a ride.

Interestingly enough, though touted to be in the outlands of Idaho, it is filmed in Bulgaria. Certainly there were some empty places in Idaho that could have used the income from this production. Dan Cortese played Colt and Julie Benz was Vicky. Both could have spent a little more time in acting class. Bad guy Gary was played by David Keith who has never seemed to recover from when he was hanging around Richard Gere. Jeff Fahey blankly stared his way through as Russ.

Thanks,
Susi

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