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Ian Jane
01-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Watched this one last night, made in 1993 starring Seth Green, Alfonso Ribeiro and Clint Howard.


It's stupid, but hard not to like. Clint Howard is a pot farmer whose plant steroids somehow infect the local tick population just as a multiracial group of troubled teens show up for a week in the woods with two adult chaperones. Ticks bit people and burrow under their skin and explode a lot while Clint Howard mutates and people hallucinate.

Pretty awesome old fashioned 'latex and paint' effects work by the KNB guys, a story that gets more or less right to the point and some decent moments of humor. Corny, gory and brainless, this movie is still a lot of fun. I hadn't seen it since it was a new release on VHS but it held up well.

The Olive Films Blu-ray looks okay, kind of soft but clean and colorful enough. Sounds good too. No extras outside of a commentary track with director Tony Randel and actor Clint Howard.


Paul L
01-21-2013, 04:30 PM
I vividly remember this coming out on VHS over here! It's a fun little film, if I remember correctly. Did it get a cinema release in the US? It was straight-to-video over here.

I wouldn't mind seeing it again; I may order this new release.

Ian Jane
01-21-2013, 04:35 PM
I don't remember it playing theaters but I was living in a smaller town in Canada when it came out - no way did it play Niagara Falls, Ontario, I can pretty much promise you that.

I can post some caps from the Blu after work tonight if you want, Paul.

Paul L
01-21-2013, 04:50 PM
Yes please, Ian :)

01-21-2013, 10:15 PM
Haha..I also remember seeing this one back in the day on good old VHS...

Pretty good (if dumb) old school gory horror movie if I remember correctly.....

Tom K
01-21-2013, 11:50 PM
This was played a lot on the pay channels...it was fun...plus Ami Dolenz was nice eye candy...

Johnny Stickman
01-22-2013, 02:40 AM
This scared me when I was a kid. For a time I thought ticks could actually burrow in our skin and explode into giants.

Alex K.
01-22-2013, 02:59 AM
Fun B flick that proudly wears its B. Great practical effects work, mildly likable characters, unintentional hilarity, Clint Howard, Brian Yuzna-esque giant tick monster mutation. One of those movies that was on pay cable a lot when it came out.


Ian Jane
01-22-2013, 11:27 AM
Click'em if you like.

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/01-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/01-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/02-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/02-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/03-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/03-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/04-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/04-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/05-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/05-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/06-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/06-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/07-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/07-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/08-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/08-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/09-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/09-1.jpg)

Ian Jane
01-22-2013, 11:29 AM
http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/10-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/10-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/11-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/11-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/12-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/12-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/13-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/13-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/14-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/14-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/15-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/15-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/16-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/16-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/17-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/17-1.jpg)

http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/18-2.jpg (http://www.rockshockpop.com/screencaps/Ticks/18-1.jpg)

01-22-2013, 05:21 PM
I'd like to see this again (it's been a long time - not since it was released on VHS), but don't really want to dump the cash on it. Olive doesn't appear to deal with Netflix, either. Same goes for a few of their titles, especially THE QUIET MAN (which I've never seen). What a frustrating situation...

Alison Jane
01-22-2013, 08:13 PM
Never seen it.

Paul L
01-22-2013, 08:39 PM
Thanks for the screengrabs, Ian. Looks good. I may place an order for this when I get paid at the end of the month.

Torstein Karlsen
01-24-2013, 03:12 AM
Great film and it's just as fun to rewatch today as it was back when i was younger.

Ian Jane
02-25-2013, 10:08 AM
Watched this again last night because, as Alison said, she hadn't seen it and it just seemed like a good time to bust it out even though I'd just watched it a few weeks ago. Enjoyed it more or less as much this time around as I did on the first revisit. I was also convinced that the guy who played Jerry was Rance Howard and only realized after we looked it up that Rance Howard actually played the cop. Oops.