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Screener Squad: Infested

Infested Movie Review


Creature Features are mostly a thing of the past… post-WWII and pre-space race, a lot of films dealt with the fallout (pun intended) of nuclear weapons. In 50’s cinema, you had all sorts of creepy bugs being super-sized by human hubris. Movies like Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis, and Earth Vs. Spider freaked out movie audiences of the past. Today the horror market is more diverse, so we’re not constantly barraged with giant insects… until today. Coming fresh out of France is Infested. The story follows Kaleb, who collects bugs, lizards, snakes, and really anything creepy. He finds a large spider for sale at his local bodega and takes it home. Turns out this is one spider that is decidedly not domesticable. When it escapes before you know it there are spiders everywhere in Kaleb’s low-income apartment building and they’re growing and breeding…inside people. Even worse, when the police find out there’s something incredibly dangerous loose in the building, they barricade it and Kaleb and his friends are trapped within. If you hate spiders… man you are going to hate this movie. What this movie does really well is creep the hell out of you… really sets the mood. What this movie does alright is it’s character development… It’s a little hollow, which makes inevitable deaths of minor characters later, fall flat. But don’t let that be a setback, this movie is fun, and definitely something to torture your spouse (who hates bugs) with. That’s Jordan, Drew, and Chad approved.


DIRECTED BY: Sébastien Vanicek

STARRING: Théo Christine, Sofia Lesaffre, Jérôme Niel, Lisa Nyarko, Finnegan Oldfield, Marie-Philomène Nga, Mahamadou Sangaré, Abdellah Moundy, Ike Zacsongo, Emmanuel Bonami, Xing Xing Cheng, Samir Nait, Malik Amraoui, Lehcem Mahidi, Nasser Mehal, Abdelkader Bounoir, Karim Daoues, Christine Kay, Stéphane Malassenet, Aicha Ameddah




Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



” width=Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)

Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.



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