The Highest Praise "Deadly Swarm" Deserves is 'Competent' Review

An entomologist, how fortuitous.

It’s the season to come to town and the mayor wants to kick out the expert because it might hurt their business.  But it isn’t summer on Amity Island, it’s the Dia de los Muertos in a small Mexican village and it isn’t sharks, it’s a swarm of vicious insects.  One thing is the same—we’ve got a man-eater out there. In Deadly Swarm, Dr. Daniel Lang (Shane Brolly) is an entomologist brought to this small village to take care of the malaria-carrying mosquitos. The mayor (Roger Nevares) isn’t too pleased that Lang’s sanitized mosquitos are now annoying the populace ahead of the Dia de los Muertos celebration.  Meanwhile, the semi-crazed Dr. Fortsen (J. Patrick McCormack) has captured a swarm of deadly wasps and given them to a drug-smuggler to take back to the United States. This smuggler is being investigated by a reporter, Sandra Kern (Kaarina Aufranc). But the smuggler never makes it to the US, because he gets into an accident and tips the truck over. Uh oh. The swarm is released and now Lang, Kern, and the Comandante Alvarez (Pepe Serna) to figure out what’s happening and protect the village.

Deadly Swarm is a ten year old TV movie for the Sci-Fi channel (now SyFy) that is now getting a DVD release. I would love to understand the motivation for releasing this movie. Is it Netflix rentals or do they actually sell enough DVDs to make it a viable venture? It’s a fine film relative to SyFy movies. Ten years has not withered it, nor custom staled its limited variety. I didn’t see Sharknado, but what I have seen suggests that the quality of these movies have remained roughly the same (though that probably says more about 2013 than 2003). Deadly Swarm is a mediocre version of Outbreak (1995) with a far sillier antagonist. That is to say, anybody who wants to watch a movie like this would get more out of watching Outbreak for the twentieth time in a row than watching Deadly Swarm. The twenty-first time, though, you might want to pop in Deadly Swarm for a little light diversion. Sure, it isn’t really funny, it isn’t really scary, but it is competent. That’s the level at which this movie is judged.  How many times did I roll my eyes? Only about three times. That’s competent.

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"Deadly Swarm" is on sale August 13, 2013 and is not rated. Horror. Directed by Paul Andresen. Written by John Dombrow, William H. Stewart. Starring J Patrick Mccormack, Kaarina Aufranc, Shane Brolly.

Jason Ratigan • Staff Writer

A lawyer-turned-something-else with a strong appreciation for film and television.  He knows he can't read every great book ever written, but seeing every good movie ever made is absolutely doable.  Check out his other stuff on Wordpress.


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