Blu-ray Review: STUNG

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STUNG was directed by Benni Diez, from a screenplay by Adam Aresty and stars Matt O’Leary, Jessica Cook, Eve Slatner, Cecilia Pillado, Daniele Rizzo, Florentine Lahme, Clifton Collins Jr. and Lance Henriksen.

This modernized 50’s style creature feature throwback follows Paul (Matt O’Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook), two catering staffers working at a high-society event. Once everything gets set up and in place it doesn’t take long for things to go terribly wrong when a local species of wasps mutate into giant predators and they attack the entire group of partygoers. It’s up to Paul and Julia to play the heroes and fight back against this swarm of giant mutated wasps, all while a romance is brewing between the two. Sounds good, right?

Once the giant wasps attack, it doesn’t take long for most of the partygoers to get killed off in horrific fashion, leaving the main players who take refuge inside an old mansion. The thing is, within their ranks are a few infected people and this is where things get even more bizarre than they already are. This is also where the survivor’s numbers continue to shrink down. Paul and Julia fight for their lives and battle back anyway they can against this army of flying killers and they eventually have to flee the scene but the wasps always seem to be hot on their trail. All of this leads to a crazy ass showdown between human and wasp that unravels in an explosive finale that’s full of shocking surprises.

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We’ve gotten so many b-movies over the years that have been hit or miss. Stung is easily one of the hits and is a full on blast to watch from beginning to end and is a b-movie that we’ll be watching for years to come. The story was simple and entertaining but it was the interesting cast of characters that made Stung such a cool movie. All of the acting was really good and the two main leads were likable and fun to cheer for. Matt O’Leary and Jessica Cook made up this great duo who took on these giant wasps. There’s also Clifton Collins Jr. and Lance Henriksen and both of these legends are fun to watch. Clifton Collins Jr.’s nerdy character Sydney is full of surprises! Now to the amazing special effects that were a combination of practicals and visuals and they all looked so good! All of the SFX looked absolutely amazing and was so well done!

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Scream Factory’s “trademark” reverse sleeve features the theatrical artwork, an image and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. Scream Factory and IFC Midnight have another gem of a release right here!

Bottom line is, Stung is hands down the best creature feature that’s come around in a long time and possibly the most fun I’ve ever had with a “bee movie”. Get it? Anyway, the movie is seriously all out fun and deserves all the positive “buzz” that it’s been getting. Get it? Okay, I’m done. Stung has this fantastic cast of characters that’s easy to follow and cheer for plus there’s some fantastic practical and visual effects that bring these giant wasps to life. This is an American movie that’s actually a German production and it turned out to be a magnificent creature feature. This Blu-ray releases on November 3rd and is a must watch. Benni Diez has delivered an instant classic with Stung that is also one of my new favorites!

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The Blu-ray includes some audio commentary, a making of  featurette, production blogs and trailer. You can see the full list below.

  • Commentary with director Benni Diez, producer Benjamin Munz, and writer Adam Aresty
  • The Making of STUNG
  • Production Blogs
  • Theatrical Trailer
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