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Wednesday
Apr 22 2015

Tribeca: Grab the Raid Lest You Get Stung

Tribeca coverage continues - here'sJasonon a Giant Bee Creature Feature.

We're living in the middle of a miniature horror renaissance right now.Instant classics likeThe BabadookandIt Followsare twisting previously well-worn genre elements into strange new beasts that linger far after the credits fall,focusing on atmosphere and performance over cats jumping through windows.Those are just two of the biggest buzziest titles though - there have been loads of smaller examples,movies like Justin Benson'sSpringand Adam MacDonald'sBackcountry- movies made on miniscule budgets that nevertheless managed to wedge the morbid and unexpected experience of watching them unfold tight into my brain.

And there are themovies likeStung...

Creature Features have also enjoyed their own kind of renaissance as of late,which you can probably thank SyFy and Roger Corman for for their endlessSharktopivsSharknadoiterations.Tribeca usually always crams a few into their Midnight Movie series - last year we were on the run from those peskyZombeavers- and this year's offering gives us Giant Bees to fear.Well Giant Wasps actually (William Hurt really should've been in this),as everybody keeps feeling the need to remind us.Wasps that ate some plant-food spiked with growth-hormones - it's always growth hormones.I miss the motive-less goo ofFood of the Gods,honestly.

So here was my deal going in toStung: there is nothing in the world that scares me more than bees.(I include wasps there.) I'm not even allergic;it's an entirely unreasonable fear.But I very nearly pushed one of my best friends off a second story balcony one time feeling from a bee that came at me,and I would do it again.I will probably loveAnt-Mansince Corey Stoll is playing Evil Bee Man (or whatever his character's called) and that's how I like my bees.Eeeeeevil.I understand one one level that the world needs bees,that they're important creatures in the food chain,but sometimes when I read those stories about dead colonies I weigh the pros and cons of No Bees versus The World Ending and I don't always come to a firm conclusion.

And yetStungjust sits there like a suffocated thing under a glass.It strains for funny,it strains for scary,but all it can ever reach on a couple of occasions is gross and even that feels truncated and half-realized.There's no rhyme or reason to what happens;there are seemingly thousands of little wasps then a handful of giant ones then some kind ofStarship Troopers-ish Zombie Brain Bug but it never feels thought out;it's just there because of somebody's short attention span.

The characters are the worst kind of cardboard cut-outs that the dullest of 12 year old boys might be alright with - the lead-dude ogles boobies so hard!- but anybody else with half a mind it's landing with a thud,and everybody's arcs and motivations are rendered inexplicable by all the swerving around.

Silly certainly has its place in horror movies - it's not like I went into this Giant Bee movie expecting the same sort of back-and-forth about the emotional devastation of grief thatThe Babadookprovided.But give me something clever or something to care about.The practical effects can be fun (the CG on the other hand,eesh),and Lance Henriksen?Hell yeah!But don't give me a girl that takes off her Serious Person glasses and shakes down her hair and spends the entire movie learning to love the dude who can't stop staring at her boobs.Please.I beg of you,Stung.Anything but that.

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I too have no fear greater than bees,wasps,and the like;and can say conclusively that no creature feature about stinging insects could possibly be scarier than that National Geographic doc on Japanese giant hornets.I saw that as a teenager and said in complete seriousness "Well I'm never going to Japan"Youtube it and you'll say the same thing.
(Fun fact: They don't just look scary,they kill thirty to forty people a year;Jaws kills seven to ten,ergo bees are four times scarier than sharks)

April 22,2015 | Unregistered Commentermoe

Bees are truly the worst.I become an irrational,screaming banshee when one floats by.I wouldn't have even gone to this.At the end of ZOMBEAVERS when they implied the sequel will be ZOMBEES I was like "noooooope!"

April 22,2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

I love Monster Insect movies,no matter how trashy the plot.
They're one of my gulity pleasures.

Real bees are amazing and fascinating animals and I just love bumblebees.(the word alone is my favorite English AND German word->Hummel)
"Physically Bumblebees can't fly,but they don't know that,so they just fly."

8D

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