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Infestation (2009)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 4,562 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 28 November 2009 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 91 min | Germany:93 min (European Film Market)
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Infestation (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Infestation (2009)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 4,562 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 28 November 2009 (Japan)
  • Runtime: 91 min | Germany:93 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Director: Kyle Rankin
  • Stars: Chris Marquette, Brooke Nevin and Kinsey Packard
  • Original Music By: Steven Gutheinz   
  • Soundtrack: Two Ways Out
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Slacker | Journey | Insect | Bug | Survival

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Kyle Rankin  written by

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: When Cooper and Sara are walking ahead of the group, Cooper has his jacket over his shoulder. In one shot the jacket swaps to the other shoulder, and then back again in the next shot.

    Plot: A slacker awakes to find himself weak and wrapped in a webbing; after realizing that the world has been taken over by giant alien insects, he wakes a ragtag group of strangers and together they fight for survival. Full summary »  »

    Story: Our hero, Cooper, awakes to find himself nauseous, weak and covered in webbing, hanging from the ceiling of an office where, just minutes ago, he started his new job. As he struggles out of his slimy prison he comes face to face with his opponent – a grotesque, powerful and very angry bug. All 3 ft of it. And so begins a hideous, nail-biting, comedic, all-action adventure to find a safe haven while constantly outwitting an infestation of monstrous proportions. As Cooper embarks on his journey, he befriends a ragtag group of survivors including Sara, a feisty attractive female. Although the situation is dire, Cooper can't help himself from trying to solve his dating problem while trying to save his life. Will they make it to safety before they are picked off one by one? And what other surprises are in store for our group of unlikely heroes?Written by Icon  


    Synopsis: Our hero, Cooper, awakes to find himself nauseous, weak and covered in webbing, hanging from the ceiling of an office where, just minutes ago, he started his new job. As he struggles out of his slimy prison he comes face to face with his opponent – a grotesque, powerful and very angry bug. All 3 ft of it. And so begins a hideous, nail-biting, comedic, all-action adventure to find a safe haven while constantly outwitting an infestation of monstrous proportions. As Cooper embarks on his journey, he befriends a ragtag group of survivors including Sara, a feisty attractive female. Although the situation is dire, Cooper cant help himself from trying to solve his dating problem while trying to save his life. Will they make it to safety before they are picked off one by one? And what other surprises are in store for our group of unlikely heroes? [D-Man2010]

    ***************From KrystelClaire

    Cooper (Christopher "Chris" Marquette) hates his job. He works at a call center, but he is rude, pretends to be the manager and does lazy things. His manager, Maureen (Deborah Geffner) calls him to her office, and fires him, to which he replies that he wants to quit. The manager insists on firing him. The manager insists on firing him immediately. Suddenly, a noisy scrutch is heard.

    Cooper wakes up. He is inside of a white cocoon. A huge cocrachoac stings onto him and then leaves. After waking up, dizzy and confused, Cooper throws up a white liquid. He wakes up completely and wakes Maureen up. Maureen insists in looking for her daughter, who was about to pick her up. They wake up energetic doctor Sara (Brooke Nevin) – who "shows her appreciation to Cooper" by attacking him with an anti-rape spry, Maureen’s daughter, student Leechee (Linda Park), strong but slow-witted Huge (E. Quincy Sloan) – who would have killed Sara if a crawling bug had not attacked them – and dumb blonde Cindy (Kinsey Packard) and some more people also enclosed on those cocoons. A flying bug appears and takes Maureen. "Al" (Wesley Thompson) is stung by one of the flying bugs, although at the moment he looks fine. The two guys who leave in a white van are attacked by some huge flying bugs towards the North End. Cindy agrees as her brother Chad and his wife live there. First Cindy wants to leave with the two guys, then she changes her mind, and when the van crashes one of the bugs to death, she runs after them so that they can take her away. However, two flying bugs kill the guys. Cindy is alive and she is kind of nice to Cooper, who can’t believe his luck.

    Cooper want to go to his paranoid dad, a retired military man who has a bunker under his home. Leeche is the only one who stays behind with the intention of waking up as many people as possible. They capture a bug, and Leeche has analysed its poison: the substance which put everybody to sleep also has proteins, similar to those present in human pregnancies. On their way, Sara calls Cooper solisipstic, which means kind of selfish and lazy. Al, Hugo, Cooper, Sara and Cindy reach Chad (Mike Straub)’s home. There, several cocoons are joined together, as with an intention. Susan (Daniela Tonova), Chad’s wife, is in one of the cocoons, is woken up, and throws up the white stuff as usual. Suddenly, Chad appears: the upper part of the body has Chad’s face, but the lower part of the body is that of a 8-legged gigantic spider. Chad attacks them, kills Susan and is about to eat Cindy when Hugo and Cooper kill it. Cooper is hurt in one of his legs.

    At that home, Al scares Sara. Al realises that he’ll become one of the huge bugs in due time. They keep on walking. They hide from some flying bugs. Cindy is angry that Cooper and Sara hold hands, so she shouts to attract the flying bugs. Al kills Cindy because of what she has done. The things take Sara away.

    They finally reach the home of Cooper’s dad. They find him. Ethan (Ray Wise) is still angry with Cooper. They argue about the map. Ethan is looking for his little dog, Lucy, calling it Cooper’s sister. Al becomes a huge spider bug at that moment. Hugo kills him because he had promised Al to do so. Lucy has also become a smaller bug. The noise attracts more flying bugs, so they have to run underground. Ethan turns off the lights, and Cooper remembers how he met Sara some days ago and gave her his phone number, although at that moment she might have thought he was a jerk.

    Cooper wants to go to the nest to save Sara. Ethan doesn’t want him to go. Hugo goes after Cooper, although he wants Hugo to stay with his dad.

    When Cooper is taking a pee, he is stopped by an armed man. He takes Cooper to the local prison and puts him into jail. A white trash girl (Diane Gaeta) is putting people in jail waiting for them to become spigery buds. In the jail nearby, a Puerto Rican Man (Ismael "East" Carlo) tells him that Leeche woke many people up, but that she died in an explosion. He is the only one still alive from that group.

    Cooper tells the men: Jed (Jim Cody Williams), and Roger (Bru Muller) to check under their undershirts for the sting. It so happens that Ethan has been stung.The Puerto Rico man has become a bug, and he kills the white trash girl. Ethan kills Jed and Roger.

    Sara wakes up in the nest. She’s been able to free herself from the cocoon somehow. She’s got a knife, and that’s all.

    Ethan says that the red smoke is very flammable, so he will go to the nest and will set it in fire. Bugs arrive because of the noise. Hugo, Ethan and Cooper leave riding bikes. They reach the nest. Inside, a child-bug screams in order to betray Sara’s presence. Sara runs away, and finds Ethan, who has started to feel his stomach become pulp. Sara has seen the queen, who is constantly laying eggs. She will show Ethan the way as soon as he tells her that he is on a one-way route. At first, they can’t see the queen, as it’s hanging down. The queen attacks Ethan. Only deaf Hugo can resist the Queen’s cry for help. All the flying bugs swarm to the nest. Finally, Cooper presses the button, his father dies with the nest which has exploded in fire.

    Soon, Cooper and Sara have become an item. Hugo is also there, taking care of them.

    However, soon they see something strange – the audience is left to believe that they’ve found out another nest.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Jeff Balis known as producer
    • John Cappilla known as line producer
    • Vicki Christianson known as executive producer
    • Bruce Davey known as producer
    • Mark Gooder known as executive producer
    • Stefanie Huie known as executive producer
    • Efram Potelle known as associate producer
    • Rhoades Rader known as producer
    • T.J. Sakasegawa known as producer
    • Kyle Sherman known as associate producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Chris Marquette known as Cooper (as Christopher Marquette)
    • Brooke Nevin known as Sara
    • Kinsey Packard known as Cindy
    • E. Quincy Sloan known as Hugo
    • Wesley Thompson known as Albert
    • Linda Park known as Leechee
    • Deborah Geffner known as Maureen
    • Jim Cody Williams known as Jed
    • Bru Muller known as Roger
    • Ismael 'East' Carlo known as Puerto Rican Man (as Ismael Carlo)
    • Diane Gaeta known as White Trash Girl
    • Ray Wise known as Ethan
    • Atanas Srebrev known as Wildeyes
    • Vlado Mihailov known as PJ
    • Mike Straub known as Chad
    • Todd Jenson known as Skinny Cop
    • Dale R. Simonton known as Ed (as Dale Simonton)
    • Rhoades Rader known as Brian
    • Efram Potelle known as Tom
    • Daniela Tonova known as Susan
    • VJ Kewl known as Pretty Woman
    • Kyle Rankin known as Angry Phone Customer (voice) (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Daniela Avramova known as makeup artist
    • Mariana Love known as key makeup artist
    • Maria Stankovich known as makeup artist
    • Greta Velikova known as makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Vyarka Sirkova known as props




    Production Companies:

    • Heavy Duty Entertainment
    • Icon Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Dilated Pixels  visual effects by
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Monkeyland Audio  post-production sound services
    • Monkeyland Audio  sound re-recording


    • Pioneer Films (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical) (as Pioneer International)
    • Presidio (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Alive Vertrieb und Marketing (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Alive Vertrieb und Marketing (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Atlantic Film (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Capelight Pictures (2010) (Germany) (all media)
    • Free Dolphin Entertainment (2010) (France) (DVD)
    • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
    • Icon Film Distribution (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Icon Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Constantine FX (special practical effects)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Ulysses Argetta known as digital compositor
    • Ken Busick known as digital compositor
    • Yancy Calzada known as digital artist
    • Teague Chrystie known as digital effects artist
    • Daniel Dod known as digital effects artist
    • Christopher Dusendschon known as digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
    • Craig Edwards known as digital compositing artist
    • P.J. Foley known as visual effects producer
    • Jeremy Lang known as head of information technology
    • Joseph J. Lawson known as digital effects artist
    • Iain Marcks known as digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
    • James Allan May known as visual effects artist
    • Efram Potelle known as visual effects supervisor
    • Jaime Richter known as digital compositor
    • Valeria Stefanova known as visual effects coordinator
    • Melissa Widup known as lead roto/paint artist: Dilated Pixels

    Release Date:

    • Germany 5 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • Switzerland 2 July 2009 (Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival)
    • Germany 24 August 2009 (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest)
    • UK 27 August 2009 (Film4 FrightFest)
    • UK 7 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 13 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 28 November 2009
    • Philippines 24 February 2010
    • Spain 24 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • France 18 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Sweden 9 June 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Finland 16 June 2010 (Blu-ray premiere) (DVD premiere)
    • Denmark 27 July 2010 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. VVarlock from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      No reviews yet for this little gem, so I'll go ahead.

      I went in expecting a low budget campy horror B-movie and wow, Icertainly did not expect a movie that good in overall.

      Most of the actors are quite good, even the extras, and the maincharacter and his entourage are surprisingly well developed for thiskind of movie.

      I wouldn't call the movie fast=paced, but the action in well maintainedthroughout and starts after less than 10 minutes, so no long buildup,the bugs are there at the beginning, you get to know more about them asthe movie goes so there are no long boring explanations.

      The CGI is very well done and keeps you in the movie and there areplenty of bugs of a few kinds.

      But what really did the movie for me was the dark humor, think Shaun ofthe Dead, but with insects. Even if the movie has a serious tone, youalways get some well done jokes here and there, mostly by the likableanti-hero that just seems to try so hard.

      A must see for the horror/comedy fans and for the critters fans ingeneral.

    2. gobozoom from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I caught this movie late at night on the SyFy channel. I expected it tobe a terrible CGI-fest (like most of the movies they show that Ihaven't heard of before), but I was pleasantly surprised. It's actuallyvery well written; kind of a second-string Shaun of the Dead (so, inother words, better than most movies I've paid to see in theaterslately).

      The plot is fairly unpredictable for this genre, meaning that it goesbasically where everyone watching it wants it to go in the end, but itgets there in a way you won't entirely see coming (I call BS on reviewsthat claim otherwise). But the real reasons to watch this movie are thegenuinely witty writing and the subtle comic performances of the cast.The worst you could say about this movie is that it's derivative ofShaun of the Dead. Personally, I'm totally okay with that.

    3. PKazee from New York
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      This "giant bugs attack" comedy is a blast of fun. In the middle ofgetting fired from a job he took in a reluctant effort to please hisdear ol' dad (a wonderfully gung-ho, Ray Wise), an unmotivated goof-offis knocked unconscious by a painfully loud and high-pitchedbanshee-like siren. When he awakes, he finds himself and – seeminglyeveryone else in the world – sealed up inside cocoons. Breaking free,he wakes up several of his office mates and somehow ends up leadingthem in a dangerous crosstown trek toward safer environs, battling -and outwitting – giant murderous bugs – and worse – all the way.Direction and performances are all excellent, as are the bugs andvarious other odd creatures.

    4. Jon Death from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I caught this on an upload someone posted from ripping it off the Syfychannel. If you like sci fi movies with a good blend of story, charmingcharacters, comedy and special effects all complimented with anattitude that doesn't take itself too seriously or market itself assomething it's not, you should really enjoy this one. The concept issilly but the cast and director really make it work.

      Some of the scenes impressed me with how much effort was made into theshoot locations and the architecture chosen. Chris Marquette does agreat job of keeping each scene funny as does Ray Wise once hischaracter is introduced. The special effects are pretty good, theconcepts are good and the character interaction is screwy yetentertaining.

      It has the cult film feel with a high re-watch value. They give us anoffbeat ending leaving hope for a sequel which would be cool since thefilm is satisfying yet lacking and you're left wanting more. If yougrimace at mainstream films and tend to seek those kept off the map,this movie is worth your time and attention. You'll probably love itand watch it a dozen times or of course, the opposite.

    5. brewsterlewster-1 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I just saw it at the Maine International Film Festival with directorand one actor present (one is from Maine). What a fantastic flick!Really excellent direction, acting and special effects. Although meantto take place in New England, it was actually filmed in Bulgaria(budget reasons). The humor is fast and punchy. A true low budgetinstant classic which I am predicting will be a cult favorite. Lookingforward to more from Kyle Rankin! In the vein of Starship Troopers andBruce Campbell. The ending is great even though the director had analternate version (no spoilers here, but maybe it will be in the DVDcoming out later in the year). It will be shown in September on SyFy.

    6. bill django from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      i wasn't to sure whether to watch this movie, the only decent movielike this that springs to mind is starship troopers, and yet i couldname a million crap movies like this….but the IMDb rating told me togive it a shot….and im so glad i did!! its got a great storyline thatdoesn't need too much explanation, giving you the chance to concentrateon the characters! the movie keeps u glued and there's not a dullmoment in it! its got a lotta comedy factor to it which is mostlybrought to you by the main character! the effects are decent enough tolook "realistic" and there's no stupid cgi that looks like a cardboardcutout floating across the scene!! i wont say too much but the endingmakes you hope there's gonna be a sequel….i hope there is..and i hopeits just as good as this!!!…7 outta 10 from me!!

    7. Worldofgrim from Hollywood, CA
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I'm personally tired of and generally ignore the CG monster horrorflicks that premiere on the SyFy Channel. I read that this was one ofthem. Well this one was done great! The jerk hero was actually likablein his purposely annoying way, very funny, and the story happensquickly, so you are in the bug infestation, what the heck is going on,just after the main guys humorful intro.

      The other survivors are decent, the story paces along well, no argumentlasts too long and no character however annoying, steals the show.There's that used dad-son expectation loss thing but it works well andlots of good natured character humor. The CG was done rather well, eventhough I still felt it was composited, it was at least fast paced.

    8. kosmasp
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I'm not sure, if the "monsters" here, have eight legs, I just know thatthe overall feeling is, that this could be a relative of the movie"Eight Legged Freaks". A fun horror movie then, with some nicecharacters. While they are all making the best of their roles, Ray Wiseobviously helps the movie a lot! Without him, the movie would have lostmuch of it's touch!

      Of course, if you don't like your horror mixed with comedy, you will becertainly annoyed. Throw in a bit of romance and some people might wantto switch off, after a few minutes. They would miss Ray Wise of course,but again, if you don't like this mixture, it would be better, if youdidn't watch this. Would be a waste of your time. Everyone else, whowants to have, a fun and light viewing pleasure, go ahead and rent it:o)

    9. ashsdarr from South Africa
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      I am a big supporter of indie films as i believe that they (not all)are films made in sincerity with a true belief in entertainment. Thisone blew me away. I got it from a friend and watched it with noexpectations, but man was i impressed. The FX were excellent, kudos toDilated Pixels for a great attempt. There were a few holes ,but heythis was probably made on a $10 budget, wow. I cant sing this moviespraises enough. Kyle Rankin is name we will be seeing more often in thefuture and i truly hope he is not blinded by the big budgets thatHollywood may have to offer. If he remembers his roots (ala ChristopherNolan) success will follow him. The acting was superb the leads leadthe rest followed. Camera work and score were totally in sync and thedialog was actually delivered with effort, great effort. The gorefactor was there but not overplayed, so even the gore mongers would besatisfied. Sudden scares and unexpected "boos" will get you too. If youhave an opportunity get this one, not to criticize what it couldn'tafford to have but rather admire for what id did for what it had.

    10. thesar-2 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:06 pm

      Call it either false advertising or that I just didn't get 98.5% of thehumor, but Infestation is not the Arachnophobia of the beetles.

      I admit I chose Infestation due to my love of When AnimalsAttack/Creature Features, especially tongue in cheek ones. I like thisgenre that generally doesn't take itself too seriously, is actuallyfunny and never intends to be a Syfy movie of the week – those are theabsolute worse and they're never even "so-bad-it's-good." I admit, thisone had me at Christopher (or Chris) Marquette whom I've liked (yes,like) since Freddy Vs. Jason. (My bad, even I choose movies at timesfor good looking actors. Yes, a flaw, but I wouldn't have, in the caseof Infestation, if it didn't have all the right advertising associatedwith it.)

      And this is my punishment. A horribly – make that TERRIBLY – editedmess of a low budget B-Movie that yearned to be more, but never hadheart. That is, aside from actress Brooke Nevin who had the most drive.I don't want to knock Marquette, and he gave it his all; really, he didtry. And I don't think it was his fault. It appeared that he and thewriter/director was not on the same page when it came to who hischaracter really was. I can see better coming from him, much like whatI saw in Heath Ledger's early films. Also, it was incredibly unfunny. Ismirked once. And I recognized where the "humor" was supposed to be,and my suspicion was the shoddy editing job took a lot of theintentions away.

      Sure, I wasn't expecting a horror classic, but from the (false)advertising, I was expecting at least a good and fun time with anupdated bug B-Movie. I feel sorry for the actors, aside from the rancidacting by Kinsey Packard, who played Cindy, the "pretty blonde &stripping weathergirl." Bleahh. At least the rest of the cast did tryand move the story along. They seemed like they believed in the projectand writer/director – so Kudos to them.

      What starts off as a normal day in Nowhere, USA (but, of course, filmedoverseas,) Nobody Cooper (Marquette) heads into work to slack and getfired. Just then, a loud pitching noise causes everyone to be "webbed"for several days. Cooper awakes and frees himself…I'll stop here.

      #1: They begin with the cocooning shot, I'm guessing for effect ofwhat's to come, but there was no "Several days earlier" statementbecause following is that same scene is the normal setting in the sameroom. I could follow what had happened: They begin in the "present"where humans are imprisoned, jump back three or so days to immediatelybefore the bugs initially attack and then continue on as Cooperawakens. You still should give us some indication on where the timelineis. #2: What's not explained, possibly due to budget – but I blame theediting, again, is how or why Cooper is the only person to be able tobreak free all by himself and awake from the spell the bugs placed onhumans. But, I digress…it is a B-Movie about giant bugs after all…

      Cooper is quickly introduced to a giant beetle of sorts, fights, livesand frees a couple of people trapped by bug-webs. Then, he meets hisdestiny girl, who, in the same scene, loses her mother and gives her alittle bit of depth. The following segments fall into the typicalscenarios of these types of films: blindsided by extraordinary andcatastrophic events, humans try and figure out what's happen, humansfighting amongst themselves and occasionally their advisories and theroad trip begins. (By the way, I don't blame the movie for being clichéand obvious. In fact, I love this part of these When Animals Attackmovies. Infestation didn't do a bad job here, though it wasn't all thatinteresting, nonetheless.)

      Along the road journey, they continue to break down, fight each othermore, fight the winged and ground bug troops and discover more of thebug's vicious plans while developing a master plan of their own todefeat the beasts. The road's rocky involving some incredibly oddideas, scenes, boring subplots and so-called "depth" – Oh, father,accept me!

      Oh, and if I haven't spoiled enough – perhaps, I actually helped youhere to avoid this picture – there's not an explanation of the big badbugs. That said, I'm not upset with them not clarifying the origin ofthe hive or bugs. It happens in both big budgeted films as well asNear-Zero direct-to-DVD films. Mostly the latter, due to budgetrestraints. In either case, generally it adds to the tension, mysteryor fears. Here, by the end of the film, the thought of where these bugscame from, or why they were here, or how did they suddenly appearwithout warning, never came to mind. I just wanted it to end.

      And when it did end…it finishes on such a WTF? final shot, I was forcedto listen to some the audio commentary to learn a little more.Hilariously, I haven't heard so many apologies from an audio commentarytrack since Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Thankfully, thedirector/writer focused a lot of his regret on the editing process; atleast he acknowledged that. Well, that, and his love/lust for beautifulwomen and breasts. Unfortunately, he didn't elaborate any more on thefinale than what I already assumed. It just needed a few more secondsand possibly another buck fifty over-budget on the special effects.

      Despite all the efforts – namely the actors and the FX crew didn't dothat bad of a job – it's a SKIP. I think all parties will evolve. So,let's wait until then.

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