Starring Keisuke Sonoi, Yusuke Kawazu, Emi Shindo, Reiko Hitomi, Eriko Sono
Directed by Kazui Nihonmatsu
Insect attacks on a hydrogen bomb carrier and its crew on a Japanese island reveal a plot to turn insects against humanity.
This Japanese horror film from the Shochiku studio is an eerie and disturbing one, with many unsettling images, and a threat that insects will not tolerate humanity's weapons of mass destruction. All of this is presented in a well-scripted mystery storyline that eventually ties everything together succinctly, although it's a little too convenient that nearly every character on the island we're introduced to is involved in the eventual reveal. While the special effects aren't of top quality, the photography and editing showcasing the massing insects is, as well as the makeup on their human victims, creating many highly suspenseful scenes. This all leads to a bleak ending predicting a dire outcome for the human race, well-in keeping with the film's themes, but which nonetheless took me by surprise.
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