Sci-Fi Channel Original Mansquito Review

So, let's look at what humans have been turned into over the years. Human-like Alligators made an appearance in the "Alligator People," John Agar fought against "The Mole People," man turns into giant mutant-thing in "War of the Colossal Beast," and now we have man turned radioactive mosquito in the hideously titled "Mansquito." Nothing more than standard Sci-Fi Channel fare, this is a basic creature feature that's only going to be enjoyed by those who found any of the above-mentioned films enjoyable or those looking for a few laughs.

The West Nile virus was bad enough. Now a new virus has begun spreading via mosquitoes, killing everyone who gets it. At a research lab, a team works to produce a breed of the insect that is unable to carry the disease and then breed with those that can. Things go awry when a death row inmate is brought to the lab for testing escapes. Exposed to the chemicals and radiation used to alter the bloodsuckers, he mutates and begins searching for blood... and a mate.

"Mansquito" plays out more like a murder mystery or an episode of "CSI" than a typical monster-run-amok flick. That would be all well and good if there was any mystery involved. It's not particularly difficult to figure out who the killer is after the full reveal occurs in the first half hour.

Corin Nemec ("Stargate SG-1") plays the detective leading the case. His problems don't seem to be so much with Mansquito as it does with his wife, uh, Missquito? See, his wife was involved in that lab incident and though her exposure was limited, she's slowly beginning to have a bit of thirst. Oh, and Mansquito wants some lovin' and she is all he has (yes, that kind).

Ok, it's all ridiculous, totally absurd, and off the wall. However, director Tibor Takacs has some experience in the genre (pulling off the criminally under appreciated "Killer Rats" a few years back) and there are a few effective scenes. Gore picks up as the movie goes on (the SWAT team slaughter is brutal) and watching the creature sneak up on people can be creepy.

It COULD be terrifying if the guy inside the suit was able to move. While the design is adequately disgusting, it's completely immobile. The head can move a few directions and the arms flail about. Once the critter gets his wings, the films heads into cheap CGI territory. Not good, especially with a budget that was likely spent almost entirely on the suit in the first place.

Then of course you have the dialogue. For all ten fans this movie will have, certainly the line of the night had to be "Hey, Mansquito!" spoken perfectly straight by the lead just before sending a rocket (grenade?) towards the beast. More camp ensues as the next epic line enters into the film, "He's more mosquito than man now." The way it's spoken, totally dramatic in an attempt to be moving, is priceless.

So, it doesn't become a classic, it doesn't break new ground, and it has moments of unintended hilarity. Is it worth watching? Probably. You can take either as straight horror and enjoy the gore or just pull a "Mystery Science Theater" on it. Either way, you'll likely come out with a smile on your face, just maybe not for the same reason as the next person.

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So, I gotta ask... Do you actually force yourself to watch these films? (If film is the correct term for this one)

Seeing this one being advertised between in the time slots of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica, I wondered how bad it was since it didn't have the trademark sound effects in the promo. Those being the eagle caw, or that weird whoosh sound that had been used just about everywhere, including video games. Apparently, bad films can be advertised without those sound effects. Hmmm

Of course I do. This one I recorded on my DVR just so I could re-live the action all over again. Well, actually, I deleted it just to prevent from doing that. Anyway, you never know when one of these could be a gem. Hey, in two weeks, we get Alien Apocalypse starring none other than Bruce Campbell! That's gotta be a quality flick. Can't wait.

Oh, this coming week is the Sci-Fi premiere of the Relic, really an unerrated flick that bombed at the box office. The book is better (great even), but the movie is no slouch. Ok, I'm rambling now.

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