Film #40: GENOCIDE aka WAR OF THE INSECTS
Genocide aka War of the Insects
1.5 out of 5 stars
Director Kazui Nihonmatsu (THE X FROM OUTER SPACE – see Film #39) brings Shochiku Studio’s Answer to the “nature gone amuck” films of the late 60’s and early 70s (reference DAY OF THE ANIMALS, KINGDON OF THE SPIDERS, THE HELLSTROM CHRONICAL). The cast is made up of a mix of Japanese actors and Westerners portraying Americans as boorish War-mongers – which, I guess, is fair. Acting is about what you’d expect from these sorts of things. Motivations are slim and reaction are universally over-the-top and histrionic. But most of GENOCIDE’s failure can be placed at the film’s script’s feet. There is some nonsense about a Hydrogen Bomb and a local fisherman accused of murder. Soon though, we get down to what’s really going on: some clap-trap about a female Auschwitz survivor using mutated insects as instruments of her vengeance… or something like that. None of it makes a lot of sense or is remotely close to being interesting. By the time the end credits roll, frankly… I couldn’t have cared less. It’s not that the film is bad – ok, a little – but rather that it’s woefully uninteresting and plodding. Out of all of the Shichiku horror films, this one is the least effective. Skip it!!