Bugs 3D [3D食人虫, aka CHONG] (China-2014; dir. Vash Yan)
According to the East Winds Film Festival website, Bugs 3D is a “throwback to the classic Hollywood B-movies of the sixties and seventies”, while owing a debt to the likes of Korean blockbuster The Host 괴물 (2006). This latter comparison is inevitable (given the status of The Host in the genre), but a viewing of the recently released trailer below suggests that Sector 7 should get a look-in, too.
The film’s publicists go on to make reference to “a host of unsuspecting but attractive teen protagonists” lined up to get devoured by giant insects — and suggests that the film “never takes itself seriously” aiming to provide “schlocky fun and scares, with the added bonus of being shot in real 3D”. So, add the distinctively slapstick nature of the Eastern approach to humour in horror and I guess we know what to expect.
Bugs 3D‘s tagline is “Terror Crawls Fast”!
Shooting for the film began in 2012, and it had its international festival premier at the East Winds Film Festival on 3 November 2014.
In the near future, due to huge demand for protein, synthetic protein is rapidly developed around the world. Jams, a fanatic geneticist, has managed to raise super bugs that can provide high-quality protein at low-cost. But the reproduction of the bugs goes out of control because of men’s excessive greed. They break out of the tubes, devour scientists, and turn into giant monsters. Numerous monster bugs hankering after human flesh and blood swarm into the sea, threatening bring on a holocaust.
The bugs keep reproducing and eventually cause a tsunami. At a rave party going on by the beach, the participants have no idea the bugs are coming, but when the wave arrives all those hot guys and ladies enjoying the party suddenly get ripped up and eaten. The bugs turn the beautiful beaches into a sea of blood. A small group of young people are bold enough to jump onto the ship where the bug queen resides, hoping to end the war by killing it. They know if they don’t succeed, mankind will be doomed. (Source – slightly adapted)
Here’s a bunch of pics from the film.
More images can be found on the East Winds Film Festival Facebook page.
Meanwhile, here’s a second poster: