Triclops (2016) – movie review

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Triclops (2016)

Directed by Brett Piper

Starring:
Matthew Crawley
Steve Diasparra
Richard Lounello
Erin Waterhouse

 

A couple of stills from this movie on Facebook caught my interest. I looked it up on Amazon and the DVD was cheap enough to take a chance. The film contains typical B-movie acting and a typical B-movie story-line, However, the stop motion animation had a 1950’s sci-fi monster film charm to it. So, I pretended the film was from the 1950s (despite being in color) and I got along fine with it. The animated creatures were numerous; some kind of horned dinosaur, a giant Venus fly trap, a few different types of giant bugs, A mutant scorpion, and a poofy giant tic looking creature. Oh yes, we also have a giant, three eyed, mutant, humanoid known as the Triclops. The effects were quite decent and smoothly filmed for a movie with a micro budget. triclops-dvd

 

Samantha is on a search mission for her husband, an air force pilot whose plane went down in a giant meteor crater which is an off limit area like Area 51. She and her brother-in-law seek out a drunken unemployed pilot with a reputation for accepting questionable jobs. They set off, flying under radar into the ancient crater. When they land, they discover strange beasts and mutant giant insects. Samantha is kidnapped by the Triclops and the rest of the team sets out to find her. After some cat and mouse antics they eventually outsmart the 3-eyed giant and find Sam’s husband. They use a map with an alternative escape route from the crater to escape the exploding meteor within it.

 

Brett Piper, (director/producer/special fx/writer) has been doing effects for z-budget films since the 1980s. He had spent some years as FX man and editor at EI/Seductive Cinema adding minimal storylines and FX to cheap soft-core sex flicks (a real waste of his talent IMO). However, this is Brett’s, 4th or 5th recent film with a definitive direction in mind, to keep the B-movie and Creature Feature style films of the 1950’s alive by producing new films in that subgenre. He has an affinity and talent for stop-motion which puts him in a good position to do just that and in recent years his mantra seems to be giving him new recognition and a cult following.  It kind of reminds me of how Full Moon grew to popularity in the late 80s. The film’s are mostly campy fair with nostalgic effects so if that is something you would like, look up some of his films. Triclops would be a good place to start. The next film from Piper I’ll watch is going to be Queen Crab.

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Nostalgic stop-motion is the main point of this b-movie monster-fest.

I give it 3.4 mutant monsters from far off stars out of 5 on the creature feature fun scale.

 

(note: some of these pics are screenshots and the quality is not as good as you would see in the actual film)

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Stung (2015) – movie review

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Stung (2015)

Directed by Benni Diez

Jessica Cook
Matt O’Leary
Clifton Collins Jr.

Lance Henriksen

This is an ol’ fashioned monster bug flick that feels like it came straight from the 1980’s low-budget VHS bin. I love the (mostly) practical effects, gore and goop, and monster sized wasps, trampling our victims lives. It has a simple storyline that feels familiar but is peppered with modern dialogue. We’ve seen this type of film before but that’s no reason not to bask in the b-horror blight of this monster genre flick.

Julia, a young catering business owner sets up a high society party on the grounds of a large estate. She’s having trouble managing the business since her father passed away and sees this as an opportunity to make some good impressions with new stung posterclientele. Her lone worker, Paul seems a bit aloof but also interested in Julia on a romantic level. While setting up the affair, Paul is pestered by annoying wasps and swats the goop out of a few of them. As the night progresses, an elder gentleman is stung by one of these wasps. Several minutes later a human-sized wasp breaks through the shell of the man and goes on a rampage. The survivors hole up in the mansion where they are picked off one by one by the growing colony of deadly insects.

It’s good to see Lance Henriksen in a larger role than the bit parts he often takes in recent years. His abilities raise the bar of performance and all the actors rise to the occasion, providing moderate drama to a b-horror flick. However, Henriksen’s character feels like a bit part because, despite being in most of the film, it has very little importance or impact to the story. I think the film missed some great opportunities to be really camp and funny, which would have made the awkward relationship between our MC’s more like Ash’s hopeless romanticism from Evil Dead. The effects were circa 1980, Corman-style, amusing and all covered in goop. The strongest effects scenes were probably the larvae (white worm) segment, which provided a real gross out for the film, and the shared body experience of Sydney and the Wasp bust–I sure do miss those ol’ style animatronic FX.  Stung is a moderate monster flick that doesn’t aim for the fences but provides a base hit double for its fun effects. It’s traditional monster movie entertainment from three decades ago.

Don’t expect too much and you might enjoy some of the nifty effects gags.
I give it 2.3 warbling wasps on the icky insect invasion scale.