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Stung (2015) | Giant mutant wasps attack in the knockabout horror comedy premiering today on Horror Channel

Stung (2015)

An upper-class garden party on a country estate turns to bloody chaos when a swarm of mutated wasps descends to feast upon its guests. Trying to escape the deadly insects, catering staffers Paul (Matt O’Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook) retreat inside of the mansion with a handful of survivors, including the town’s mayor (Lance Henriksen) and local eccentric Sydney (Clifton Collins Jr). But with each victim they consume, the wasps grow bigger and bigger, and it’s only a matter of time before the survivors finds themselves trapped inside a giant nest…

Stung (2015)

Stung (2015)

This creature feature from director Benni Diez (who did the visuals for Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia) is enormous fun, boasting a super cast playing some downright kooky characters, some gleeful gore and super SFX (both practical and digital), plus some laugh out loud in-jokes that all serve to pay homage to the big bug monster genre.  Love it!

Stung is available on DVD from Entertainment One, and gets its premiere on the Horror Channel in the UK on Saturday 29 April at 10.55pm





Lake Placid vs Anaconda (2015) | It’s a clash of the titans as the creature feature franchises go jaw-to-jaw

Lake Placid v Anaconda

Killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash in the SyFy monster mash-up starring Robert Englund and Yancy Butler (last seen in Lake Placid: The Final Chapter), and Stargate SG-1’s Corin Nemec.

The fifth instalment of the Lake Placid and Anaconda franchises is supposed to be about corporate greed and science gone wrong, but it’s actually just another excuse to have a bunch of scantily-clad soriorty with big guns girls being chased, squished and eaten by some questionable CGI. One to add to my list of Killer Croc Movies.

Out now on Digital HD and released on DVD 7 September from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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The Deadly Mantis (1957) | We’re gonna need more bug spray!


Out of a million years ago … a thousand tons of horror!
This 1957 creature feature was one of a slew of giant bug movies that followed in the wake of Them!. The premise has a giant praying mantis released from its slumber in the frozen Arctic following a volcanic eruption, then making its way to Washington DC where it smashes into a jet and gets gased in an underground tunnel.

It’s all deadly dull with lots of stock footage (including Eskimos escaping in caneos in fast-motion) and talky scenes (mainly military types trying to woo the film’s solitary female, played by Alix Talton). But the mantis effects are effective and fun. It’s just a shame the creature is as wooden as the acting by the human cast.

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Director Nathan Juran won an Oscar in 1941 for How Green Was My Valley, then helmed such genre classics like Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. But I will always associate him with Irwin Allen’s sci-fi TV shows Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. Actor William Hopper, who plays a palaeontologist, was the real-life son of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (wonder what she felt of her nephew’s wooden performance).

The Deadly Mantis is out on DVD in the UK from Fabulous Films


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