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1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Clark Brandon

Toxic waste turns a stagnant pool of water into a breeding ground of terror. Sarah Crosby and her boyfriend are the first to discover the new species of mosquitos that plague the small desert town of Mesquite.

Director: Clark Brandon
Release Date: 1994
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Skeeter

Skeeter - More sex and there is a proboscis

  • May 11, 2001
Pros: Short movie

Cons: The beginning until the end

The Bottom Line: The bottom line ..... just stay away!

Gee, here's a twist. A no-gooder developer is buying up properties and dumping toxic wastes into the area. Wow! Why didn't I think of that to make a movie about? Regardless, in good old Clear Sky (state undetermined but it is in the southwest) bad guy Jay Robinson is the culprit in this gig, dumping that old waste in the abandoned mines in the area. Of course with anything abandoned there is generally some stagnant water laying about and we all know that stagnant water is the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add a little toxic waste and ta-da ........ Skeeters is born!

Just for a different outlook, the town sheriff (Charles Napier) is in cahoots with the town bad guy and he doesn't mind turning a blind eye to the sudden mysterious deaths of the cattle around the area. However, when local yokels start turning up boots to the sky, he figures he should put on a front and investigate. Naturally, this is where the story gets complicated.

He sends his deputies, Jim Youngs and Eloy Casados, out to look for the missing yokels. Youngs is already suspicious about the dead livestock and he has secretly called on the EPA to investigate. EPA agent William Sanderson shows up to test the waters and try to figure out what is up. Youngs, diligent in his work is distracted when his long lost love, Tracy Griffith, shows up back in town for her mother's funeral. It appears there has been some disharmony between Tracy and her father over the years and she has decided it is time to smooth these things over. In the process, she decides to smooth things over with Youngs as well, bless her heart, we needed a maiden in distress for our hero to save didn't we?

In an effort to stop the EPA guy from finding out his faux pas, Robinson has Youngs kidnapped, but the kidnappers meet up with those darn skeeters, poor guys. At least it gives Youngs an opportunity to escape his captors. In the meantime Griffith and Sanderson have located the elusive skeeter nest. Naturally our heroine needs rescued and once again Youngs is able to flex his limited brain and save her.

Now, I really didn't give away the end of the story or any of the really GOOD parts, so don't think you don't have to watch it now. Besides, if you don't watch it, you will miss the wonderful music at the conclusion of the movie, probably the scariest part of the entire movie!

Sitting on the sidelines
How low can a low budget movie be and still be considered a movie? The best part of the movie was the fantastic scenery - this really was a beautiful area. The worst part, other than the acting and the story, was the mosquitoes. These were the poorest excuse for skeeters I think I have ever seen. They even out ranked Mosquitoes in their phoniness and I never thought I'd be able to top those guys!

I don't think I knew a single actor in this gig, this may have been their one shot for fame - sorry about their luck. Naturally, as with all good horror movies, we are treated to some nude scenes and some overt sex, gotta love these monster movies to supply my weekly voyeurism. Unfortunately, as I have noticed in most movies of this genre from this time frame, the director makes a useless attempt to adapt a story and develop characters in these movies. It generally doesn't work, and it doesn't here. These movies are supposed to be about horrific monsters and giant bugs, not a script from As the world turns or some other schlocky soap. I wish they would just stick with the guy that brought them to the dance and forget all this other schlepp. Oh well, this is just my opinion.

Written and directed by Clark Brandon.


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