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Infested: Invasion of the Killer Bugs

2.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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A funeral for one becomes a deathtrap when five old friends are held hostage at a remote summer infested with killer flies! A tragic death brings the old gang back to their hometown and they decide to spend the weekend at the vacation getaway from their childhood. What they don't know is that the home is host to a strain of mutant flies that feed on human flesh! One by one, the flies claim their victims, inhabiting their bodies and laying more of the deadly creature's eggs - and no one is getting out alive.

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If a cross between Night of the Living Dead, The Big Chill, and countless killer bug movies sounds like your idea of movie magic, then director John Olson's Infested is for you. On the other hand, if compelling storytelling, convincing special effects, and good acting are among your criteria for a positive cinematic experience, well... When a gang of thirtysomethings gather for the funeral of one of their own, things soon go really, really wrong when swarms of extremely nasty flies start using our heroes as hosts, eating them from the inside out (which means we don't actually see it happen--a good move for a low-budget film!). Where did these infernal winged wonders come from? What's their agenda? Infested eventually provides answers, but it ain't worth the wait. Indeed, movies like this only make you long for the guileless camp of '50s sci-fi, and that's no small feat. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Zach Galligan, Amy Jo Johnson, Lisa Ann Hadley, Robert Duncan McNeill
  • Directors: Josh Olson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KK5H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Infested: Invasion of the Killer Bugs" on IMDb

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By A Customer on January 25, 2004
Format: DVD
The script outrageously lifts the opening set up from " The Big Chill" until the swarm of mutant flies shows up and attacks the cast. Thats right MUTANT FLIES! The problem is that flies are not scary at all they do not have the shriek factor of spiders, scorpions or roaches. The terrible CGI effects do not help- there are a couple of effective suspense moments-but most of the action takes place in daylight which deminishes the scare factor.
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Zach Galligan's acting career peaked with "Gremlins" and its sequel. Since then, he's done mostly straight-to-video horror and sci-fi schlock, including getting top billing for "Infested." After viewing "Infested," I can definitely say that Zach Galligan's resume is not going to gain any more prestige from this straight-to-video horror-satire fly-zombie flick.
I've read some prior reviews of "Infested." Some people absolutely hate the movie, saying it's a horrible excuse for bad CGI work and an inane, boring plot. Other reviews see it as a great example of social satire wrapped in a silly horror movie. I fall somewhere in between.
The first half of the movie is actually fairly entertaining. After a rather amusing graveside service, a group of old college friends gather at the home of their recently deceased former friend. They hang out, talk about the good old 80's (!) and regret their choices in life. It's all very reminiscent of "The Big Chill."
To gauge the tone of "Infested," one can reference the scene in which a character proudly holds up a .45 record, saying, "Does anyone remember these?" He proceeds to play the record and, instead of a golden oldie, we're treated to "Da Da Da," the song by Trio that gained popularity by its inclusion in a Volkswagen commercial! It's a silly song, a "classic" for this group of socially-stunted individuals who pine for their former glory. Dammit, it's funny.
Of course, a movie about killer flies wouldn't be complete without the killer flies. They eventually make their appearance (after a very gratuitous breast shot of a thirtysomething woman) and the fun turns to horror--albeit for about 15 minutes of the movie.
In this 15 minutes or so, we see several nice "ewwww!
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I cannot believe I actually bought this DVD after reading everyones ratings ! lol
I live in the uk and ordered it from Amazon.com... I put it on last night and fell asleep after 30 mins (can't believe I lasted that long).
If you want a funny film buy Camp Blood or Killjoy (both are really bad films but contain bad acting), this film has good actors and tries to be dung and funny and it does not work, its just boring.
Sorry to seem a bit of a killjoy myself but wouldn't want to see anyone step into the same trap as me, I do enjoy dung films but I have started to try and improve my collection as I have had enough ribbing from my mates for a bad collection, this is bad !
I have Bloody Murder 2 on order ! Didn't realise it was related to Scream Bloody Murder (how thick of me!), can't wait to watch that !!!
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Ha! Ha! Ha! (i'm really laughing, it's not sarcasm!)
Maybe it's because i didn't pay to watch this movie (if that's what you wanna call it..a movie!) and my friend did! Ha! ha! HA!
Okay, i'll try to be serious and tell you what to expect from this piece of garbage film...terrible acting, terrible story, the worst special effects i've seen since the 1980's , and what else...hmm..let me think...oh yes, 1 hour and a half of looking at your tv screen wondering "What the hell is going on?"
That's all for me, if this review doesn't convince you to not watch this movie, then nothing will..ENJOY this stupid bug film and when it's done, watch it again and again and again and again and....
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Infested (Josh Olson, 2002)

It's really kind of impressive that a movie this bad doesn't get shelved somewhere along the line. And yet here it is, in all its painfully cheesy glory, on my screen, daring me to turn it off. I almost gave in to the temptation, but I kept watching. For you, dear reader, so I can give you a full account of the true horror to be found here-- the ninety minutes of your life that you will never be able to get back if you rent this movie and sit down to watch it.

The story, what there is of it: A number of friends show up at the estate of one of their high-school buddies, who's killed himself. There's all the post-funeral bonding stuff, and everything's looking remarkably Big Chill when things go horribly, horribly wrong thanks to vicious, genetically-altered flies that possess humans and turn them into soulless murderers. Yes, you got that right.

As usual, the only reason to watch a movie like this is the cheesecake factor. Any Jo Johnson plays the dead guy's girlfriend (well, ex, I guess), and there is an obligatory scene where she shows a whole lot of skin. It is not, however, an out-and-out nude scene. Sorry, guys. There is also the gorgeous Lisa Ann Hadley (General Hospital/Port Charles), who's really starting to look like Kate Hodge. (This is a good thing. A very good thing.)

You're certainly not watching for the special effects, (amateur even by microbudget-indie standards), the acting (atrocious), the script (even worse), the direction (competent at best), the cinematography (ditto), the soundtrack (cheesy early eighties pop that should have faded into obscurity years ago), or, really, anything else. So it's gotta be the cheesecake. And that's all well and good, but you can do that on fast-forward. I strongly suggest that route. At least you'll waste less time on this. (half)
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