The spirit of American International's creature features lives in this energetic B movie about pesky stowaways on a doomed airliner. Having failed to pilfer his lab's top secret specimens on the ground, researcher Scott Millhouse (Rick Kelly) plots to snatch them during a flight to Los Angeles. Unaware of Millhouse's scheme, his associates, Dr. Jennifer Ryan (Laura Putney) and Dr. Stewart (George Hoth), don't tell anyone about the contents of the cryogenically sealed experiments in the cargo hold: Hoping to in some way combat disease, the scientists have crossed a scorpion with one of its Jurassic-era ancestors. Millhouse kills the guard and stashes away the mutated scorpions for future sale to the highest bidder; unfortunately, he doesn't secure them properly and the super-scorpions snack on the jet's control panel and cripple the plane. Pilot Jack Russell (Christian Scott) has a full-blown disaster on his hands as the scorpions munch on passengers and crew members alike. Russell, who isn't sure he'll be able to land the plane safely, joins Ryan in rounding up the insects, which grow larger with each meal. Naturally, greedy Millhouse wants to preserve at least one super scorpion to keep his get-rich-quick scheme viable. The voracious scorpions keep eating their way through the passenger manifest despite the survivors' best efforts to kill them. Who will prevail: Ryan has the smarts, Russell has the guts but Millhouse has the gun. Admittedly, the killer scorpions are as ludicrous as THE KILLER SHREWS, but their improbable appearance adds to the fun in this sci-fi frolic that doesn't take itself too seriously but still manages to deliver a couple of good shocks.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: The spirit of American International's creature features lives in this energetic B movie about pesky stowaways on a doomed airliner. Having failed to pilfer his lab's top secret specimens on the ground, researcher Scott Millhouse (Rick Kelly) plots to snat… (more)