May 20, 1995
Gary Jones, Steve Hodge, Tom Chaney
Tim Lovelace as Ray
Rachel Loiselle as Megan
Steve Dixon as Parks
Gunnar Hansen as Earl
There’s something special about an incredibly intense, ultra-serious genre film. Movies likeThe Exorcist, the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, Event Horizon, and Alien leave us utterly unnerved. They climb under our skin. They give us nightmares for evenings on end. They leave us talking, sharing stories with friends, and reliving our viewing experiences. Simply put, they really do something to us. And as evidenced by the films listed above, they cling to us forever. They just won’t seem to go away. And as hardcore horror freaks, we absolutely love that. Fear moves us, and there’s no denying that. But what of those movies that function under an entirely different design? The movies that leave us in stitches, laughing uncontrollably, poking fun at countless scenes and shoddy performances. Those films have a very relevant place in society.
Those films can be every bit as memorable as the extreme films on the market. And let us tell you, Mosquito is most certainly one of those pictures.
The story is shallow, no doubt about it. There just isn’t too much to it. A horde of giant mutated mosquitos swarm a rural county, devouring anything and everything in their path. We have a small group of protagonists who attempt to solve the mystery, survive the attack and ultimately bring the terror to an end. Things aren’t exactly easy, but there’s nothing to be gained if no attempt to combat the conflict is made. These guys (and gal) know that. A somewhat calculated war ensues, and it’s both fun and funny.
There really isn’t too much to speak on in terms of the onscreen performances. Our players (Tim Lovelace, who plays the determined boyfriend, Ray; Rachel Loiselle, the park ranger girlfriend of Ray; Steve Dixon, who plays Parks the meteor chaser) are all hokey, subpar performers, but they’re a blast just the same, delivering unintentional comedy left and right. Gunnar Hansen also appears in the flick as a bank robber named Earl. He just might be the goofiest fellow in the lineup, but something tells me Hansen didn’t take the role for a paycheck alone, viewers are going to get the feeling that he signed up because this is just a gas of a project to be involved in. All in all, it’s a sketchy cast that rises to the occasion of true amusement.
I can’t harp on the special effects enough. When you think of movies that showcase wicked practical creature effects, you think of movies like Mosquito. These overgrown insects look absolutely awesome. While they do indeed look a bit absurd when in flight, the close-up shots of living insects and carcasses are just terrific, summoning memories of some classic creature features. Gary Jones does such a stellar job of convincing us that these monsters could conceivably be real that the man deserves a wealth of praise and adoration. The truth is, the mosquitos are the grand highlight of the film. If we had more artists putting together tangible beasts like this together for current films… well, we’d be seeing some awesome, noteworthy work!
Again, this is such a shallow yet fun film that there isn’t much to discuss. When you see a title likeMosquito, you have an idea that there isn’t going to be much depth in the production. The pic is designed to be brainless entertainment and it most certainly is. It’s one of those so-bad-it’s-good kind of features, and sometimes we really need that. A reprieve from the intense is always welcome, especially when that reprieve calls for a cold case of beer, which this most certainly does.
On a side-note there are some interesting bonus supplements on the Blu-ray. We get a nice commentary track, a making of feature “Bugging Out!” that provides some really enlightening (and cool still pics) information about the behind-the-scenes process of the picture. It’s informative and it is definitely worth a watch – as lighthearted as the picture itself. There are a few deleted scenes worth looking at and a full picture gallery to take in, amongst a few other bonuses. It’s gratifying, and it’s going to win fans of B-movies over in abundance.
Mosquito was always greeted by negative criticism, but it’s a grand flick to take in. Again, it isn’t to be taken seriously, but it is a rewarding package that open minded film buffs are really going to get a hoot out of it. Regardless what you’ve heard or read of Mosquito, you should most certainly check out this cult classic. It’s a bad ass picture in an unorthodox manner!