Great Insect War (1968)

aka Konchu daisenso, Genocide
Musing 2324 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 8-6-2007
Posting Date: 12-23-2007
Directed by Norman Cooper and Kazui Nihonmatsu
Featuring Hiroshi Aoyama, Saburo Aunuma, Happie Barman

Nature goes wild as insects start attacking people.

I have to be vague about the plot description; I’ve only been able to find this movie in unsubtitled Japanese, and, quite frankly, I’m at a loss as to exactly what’s going on in it outside of the killer insects. I can only guess at the other plot elements, but I do speculate that the killer insects were created by man and that there is a military cover-up concerning them. I can also say that the movie is definitely not oriented for juveniles; the plot involves torture and attempted rape, and there is an unpleasant and sleazy air about the proceedings. In fact, I’d go so far to say that the movie is downright nihilistic, a circumstance which made me look for a connection to the Japanese movie it most reminded me of. The director Kazui Nihonmastu wasn’t the connection; his only other credit is for the dorky but harmless THE X FROM OUTER SPACE . However, I found my connection with the writer Susumu Takahisa; this is the writer who also penned the script for GOKE: BODY SNATCHER FROM HELL, a movie whose bleakness is very similar to this one’s. Still, I can’t say more until a dubbed or subtitled copy comes my way.


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