23rd Feb2017

Monster-Movie Mayhem: ‘Dragon Wasps’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Corin Nemec, Dominika Juillet, Benjamin Easterday, Nikolette Noel, Cosondra Sjostrom | Written by Mark Atkins, Rafael Jordan | Directed by Joe Knee


When her father mysteriously disappears on an expedition, beautiful entomologist Gina Humphries and her fiery assistant, Rhonda, set out to search the rain forests of Belize. Due to numerous robberies and assaults in the jungle, they are escorted by heavily-armed soldiers. Guerillas, lead by the infamous Jaguar, ambush the convoy and incite a bloody shootout. Just when things can’t get worse, a horde of murderous Dragon Wasps, massive flying bugs that shoot flame from their abdomens, swarms the soldiers. Now the military must defeat Jaguar s bandits and survive the fearsome insect onslaught as they venture inside the Dragon Wasps hive.

Produced by the same company that made the ridiculous but fun flick Sand Sharks (which also starred Corin Nemec), Dragon Wasps is yet another Syfy channel monster of the week movie, complete with hammy acting, corny dialogue and gloriously bad CGI. In other words, its a cheesy masterpiece!

Everyone knows what to expect when it comes to Syfy channel monster movies and this film does not disappoint. Yes the film is cheesy, but it’s cheesy because its SUPPOSED to be. No one takes these films seriously not the actors, not the producers, hell not even the Syfy channel! They’re meant to be low-budget fun and when theyre done right – as Dragon Wasps is – they can be enjoyed as such. In this particular case the confluence of cast, crew, story and production equals B-movie gold.

Thankfully director Joe Knee has two Syfy monster movie veterans on hand to make the film rise above the general flotsam usually produced for the channel, both of whom worked on the genius that was Sand Sharks: actor Corin Nemec and writer Mark Atkins; and both of whom know what makes these types of films tick: being self-aware and intentionally poking fun at the characters and the film in which they appear.

If bad dialogue + ropey CGI + ridiculous giant monsters = your type of fun, then Dragon Wasps is for you.


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