Movie Review – Deadly Swarm (2003)

Deadly Swarm
Directed by Paul Andresen
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Original Release Date: 2003
Release Date: August 13, 2013


If you’ve ever seen a Sci-Fi Channel movie from back in the day, then you know already what kind of production quality to expect. But even though they are usually lower-budget films, they can still be fun. Take, for example, DEADLY SWARM, an insect-filled horror flick from 2003. This movie, while not good enough to win any awards, is entertaining and even almost clean enough to be dubbed a ‘family-friendly’ film…almost being the key word there.

If you are not familiar with DEADLY SWARM, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

Seeking out a cure for his wife’s serious illness, gonzo scientist Jacob Schroeder (J. Patrick McCormack) heads deep into a forbidden jungle in Guatemala, trapping thousands of killer wasps. Working with secret military backing, it is Schroeder’s contention that the venom from the wasp’s stingers can be of great medicinal benefit. But when they try to illegally smuggle the wasps into the US, the truck they are on crashes and the wasps are set free to wreak havoc, making a direct path to a small unsuspecting town. It is up to an American entomologist Daniel Lang (Shane Brolly) and a nosey writer Sandra Kern (Kaarina Aufranc) to stop these deadly wasps – as they lay eggs in their victims to hatch thousands more wasps – before it’s too late.

Notice above how I used ‘Sci-Fi Channel’ instead of ‘SyFy Channel’. This is because the name change didn’t occur until just a few years ago. As you can see, this film is 10 years old, and was thus presented during the golden age of the channel’s film library.

DEADLY SWARM has some decent acting and the premise is pretty cool for the horror genre. I mean, how could any horror fan not want to see a swarm of killer wasps sting people to death? It was definitely a major selling point for me.

But unfortunately, we don’t get to see any of that happen. I’m sure it was due to budget constraints, but all we get to see are a couple of bodies that have swollen welts on them to indicate where the stings occurred. As a result, gore-hounds wanting carnage will not be happy with this flick.

However, if you can look past that, DEADLY SWARM is sure to entertain for fans of low-budget flicks like me. I mentioned that it’s almost family-friendly because there are two F-bombs in it, but otherwise it’s pretty tame.

I recommend DEADLY SWARM, but don’t expect a big Hollywood production going into it. Just enjoy it for what it is, and you’ll have a good time.


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