"Who knew you could use an Apple 2e to create special effects?"
Deadly Scavengers (2001) is one of those movies that makes for a better video box than it does an actual movie. That’s not to say that fans of C-grade filmed-on-video schlock may not find some small nuggets of enjoyment, but I will go on record with: this movie has some of the most retarded special effects I’ve ever seen.I know, I know; it’s not fair to knock a cheap indie effort for not having the coin to hire ILM for their FX work, but man oh man! I’ve seen video games with more ‘effective’ effects than what’s on display here. And I’m talking like Atari 2600 video games, not these new-fangled X-box thingies.
As I mentioned all the way back there, Deadly Scavengers sounds promising if you check the advertising (it mentions killer bugs, a cadre of hard-boiled commandos, a horrifying experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, and a shopping cart full of goopy gore), but the end result is a fairly drab affair. Obviously created by some dedicated pals with more inspiration than actual filmmaking skill, this flick rehashes the age-old ‘killer cockroach’ theme. Only this time around, the gig is mixed with a Dirty Half-Dozen of grimy commandos. Sounds half-fun in a cheeseball kinda way, right? Unfortunately, no.
The acting is atrocious across the board, which could be forgiven if at least the actors were awful with style, but that’s not nearly the case here. The closest Deadly Scavengers comes to ‘fun’ is when we’re visited by a goofily mismatched pair of FBI agents who are curiously tailing one of the laboratory-bound mercenaries. Oh yeah, the commandos are on their way to figure out why a secret lab has mysteriously ‘gone silent’. I forgot to mention that, but it has a whole lot to do with those damn man-eating cockroaches.An amateur moviemaker certainly doesn’t need to be Hitchcock to make a fun movie, but they should certainly aim higher than being the next Bert I. Gordon.