Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 30 - Movie 2

A U.S. Bomber carrying an H-bomb crashes after being engulfed by a swarm of insects. The Pacific island where the crash occurs is also the test site where poisonous insects are being bred by a badly damaged survivor of the Nazi death camps, but the insects seem to have an agenda of their own and that's to wipe humankind off the face of the earth.

Konchu daisenso/Genocide (1968) is much more of an anti war movie than an environmental cautionary tale. The film is filled with interpersonal and cold war political intrigue pitted within a story of deadly insects bent on exterminating the human race. The problem with any insect related horror movie that I've ever seen is that unless bugs are your particular phobia, it's hard to make the little creatures into a source of terror, no matter how many there are and how many awful stings/bites they inflict on their victims. This is an okay movie that's a bit heavy handed with its message and gets bogged down in a few places with some tedious story elements. Genocide also has an incredibly abrupt ending that's in no way uplifting.

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