release year:1988 genre:horror viewing setting:home VHS, 1/31/99 what I expected:killer bugs what I got:killer bugs
synopsis:Genetically mutated cockroaches swarm a small coastal town, and it's up to the sheriff and others to learn their secret and stop them.
impressions:Fairly entertaining, with several small sub-plots and some funny lines and situations. It took a while to get going, though: the first real fatality wasn't until 22 minutes into the movie.
body count:5 humans, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 mad scientist bitch, plus 3 offscreen deaths (one of which was not due to the roaches.) Also 1 roach/cat hybrid and 1 roach/human hybrid, plus the roach queen. Those wacky roaches.
acting:I thought the main characters all did slightly above-average jobs. The mad scientist bitch character was completely over the top.
the good:Decent scares at times, cute female lead.
the bad:Corny roach hybrid special effects, irritating mad scientist bitch.
final word:Worth seeing, once, but it may drive you buggy.
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