Stung (2015) Matt O'Leary, Jessica Cook, Lance Henriksen, Clifton Collins Jr. Movie Review

Stung (2015)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Matt O'Leary and Jessica Cook in Stung (2015)

Bit of a Buzzkill

Paul (Matt O'Leary - Mother's Day) and Julia (Jessica Cook) have travelled out to the country and a large house where they are catering a fancy garden party. But an incident involving some illegal fertilizer not only see a swarm of wasps erupt from beneath the ground but each victim of one of these wasp stings evolves in to giant killer wasps. With those who survive the initial swarm sheltering in the house it is up to Paul and Julia to try and save the day or at least escape with their lives.

I always try to review movies honestly and I have to say that "Stung" started really slowly, got entertaining for a few minutes and then got boring again. Ignoring the slow build up those few minutes which were entertaining came from our first encounter with these man size wasps which have barbs powerful enough to penetrate skulls and so on. Yes the horror of giant wasp induced death is what makes "Stung" attention grabbing and due to the special effects department these gore filled scenes do not lack the unsettling impact which I am sure was intended.

Lance Henriksen in Stung (2015)

Unfortunately the rest of "Stung" as a few survivors take shelter in a basement alongside the romantic issues of Paul and Julia ends up a lot less entertaining. And sadly the balance of the movie is that all the stuff in between the horror scenes out weights them. It is why "Stung" ends up a lot of the time kind of boring especially as it fails to deliver the right atmosphere, never once bringing to life the danger or really mining the rich vein of potential dark comedy.

What this all boils down to is that "Stung" certainly has moments where it really delivers on the horror and some humour. But a lot of the stuff in-between those scenes ends up pretty dull and sadly that brings the movie right down.