A fun throwback to the giant-bug chillers of the '50s, MOSQUITO (filmed as BLOOD FEVER) is a simplistic but energetic B-movie.
After an alien spaceship crashes in the woods near the Pinetree Acres Campground, local mosquitoes drink the blood of its dead occupants and grow to several feet long. While driving to the park, new ranger Megan (Rachel Loiselle) and her boyfriend Ray (Tim Lovelace) find one of the oversized bugs
splattered on their windshield, but are unable to identify it. The insects are soon bloodsucking their way through the Pinetree Acres campers and fishermen; when Megan, Ray and meteorologist Parks (Steve Dixon) arrive on the scene, they discover the only survivor to be assistant ranger Hendricks
The four take a camper and flee, running into fugitive robbers Earl (Gunnar Hansen) and Junior (Mike Hard) along the way. A fight ensues, but the quartet manages to subdue the crooks, whom they reluctantly allow to join them. A mosquito attack causes the camper to crash, and the band hides from
the bugs first in a sewer tunnel and later in an abandoned farmhouse, where they discover the creatures breeding in the basement. Staving off repeated attacks, the group sets a bomb and opens the gas mains; by the time the house explodes, destroying the swarm, only Megan, Ray and Parks have
managed to escape alive.
The fact that most of MOSQUITO's key creative names also turn up in its copious special-effects credits points up the film's reliance on visual wizardry. Yet the filmmakers have proven that they know more about how to put together an entertaining film than many of those who specialize in producing
and directing low-budget genre fare. First-time director Gary Jones keeps the film moving at a brisk pace, while the script has been streamlined down to a series of mosquito attack-sequences connected by rudimentary but well-sketched dramatics. The acting is no better than it needs to be, but the
cast is certainly more competent than most in the low-budget horror arena.
As for the film's raison d'etre, the effects vary wildly in both technique and believability, but are successful more often than not in conveying the bugs' menace. MOSQUITO may be schlocky and lack any real resonance--it works strictly on a comic-book level--but it's hard not to find the
filmmakers' evident enthusiasm infectious. Certainly this is more entertaining than the previous year's similarly themed SKEETER, which scrupulously avoided the down-and-dirty thrills that MOSQUITO dives into headfirst.(Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: A fun throwback to the giant-bug chillers of the '50s, MOSQUITO (filmed as BLOOD FEVER) is a simplistic but energetic B-movie. After an alien spaceship crashes in the woods near the Pinetree Acres Campground, local mosquitoes drink the blood of its dead o… (more)