Stung - When Giant Killer Wasps Attack

Matthew Parkinson | 4 Jul 2015 12:00
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Directed by Benni Diez. Produced by Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz. Written by Adam Aresty. Release date: July 1, 2015.

It's probably not a stretch to say that Stung is one of the best "flying killer insect" movies ever, but then try to think of just one genuinely good "flying killer insect" movie. Actually, it's difficult enough just to think of a good "killer insect" movie without adding "flying" to the search parameters. The point is, there aren't a lot of them. The genre is filled with schlock, most of which are only good for watching with some buddies and a few pops. If you're watching these types of movies to see a genuinely good movie, you're going to be out of luck. That doesn't change with Stung, by the way, although it's at least not bad enough to be unwatchable, which I suppose puts it somewhere near the top of the class by default.

The story is as simple as they come. Julia (Jessica Cook) runs a catering business, taking over for her recently deceased father. Under her employ is a bartender, Paul (Matt O'Leary), for whom she has much disdain, even if that's just masking her clear love for him. Their potential romance is something teased throughout the entire film, as they slowly learn to love each other thanks to the crisis at hand. The crisis, by the way, is an attack by giant, mutant, killer wasps. They show up out of nowhere - explained away by a growth hormone-infused fertilizer - kill a bunch of meaningless supporting characters, and then the survivors have to try to survive the night, all while being picked off one by one by the wasps.

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So, you've got a couple of characters we're supposed to like - we may, marginally, if only because they're not completely unlikable - we've got a ton of giant killer wasps, and then we let them do battle. It's a basic setup, it lets lots of people be stabbed through the jugular by giant killer wasps, and there's really not a whole lot to the movie outside of that. Most readers will already be able to tell whether or not they're going to have fun with Stung. And if you can't, then chances are it's not for you. It has giant killer wasps. If that doesn't sell you, nothing will.

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