Monster Reviews: Cute Little Buggers (2017)

In wake of the 2019 Horror-On-Sea Film Festival, I had the pleasure of viewing Tony Jopia’s creature feature, Cute Little Buggers. It’s a 2017 horror comedy directed by Tony Jopia. It stars Kristofer Dayne, Caroline Munroe, Gary Martin, Samar Sarila, John R. Walker, Honey Holmes, Dani Thompson, Steve Stipple, Sara Dee, Lydie Misiek, Eryl Lloyd Parry, Tim Hope and Carlos Paginton. 

When aliens crash land on the English countryside and began kidnapping local women for procreation, it’s up to the villagers to take back what’s rightfully theirs.

Cute Little Buggers is an inventive and very original concept. The story alone is something that’s never been done before and it sets the tone for similar and like minded films to follow. Comedy and Horror take hilarious turn in this cute, bloody, one-of-a-kind film.

There were only a few narrow points of contention. However, nothing that really takes away from the film. It knows its place, and doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is. It’s a silly, overstuffed can of snakes, with fair amount of blood.

There were a few things that could use a little fine tuning. For instance, the use of CGI rabbits would have been more effective had real bunnies been substituted. Combining computer graphics with real life animals instead of the using full on CGI, would have gave the film a more viable and realistic appeal. Also, there were too many characters introduced, which made it hard to find someone to relate to and root for. Less characters would have made the film more intimate and relatable.

Cute Little Buggers is a fun and engaging film. It does a great job at retaining the viewers attention, and keeps you fully entertained. It’s a bit confusing and convoluted at times, due to the amount of characters and content. However, it’s very effective at accomplishing what it sets out to do.

It brings plenty of laughs and originality, and doesn’t shy on the nudity either. There’s enough blood and breasts to satiate any craving. While some of the scenes involving nudity aren’t really necessary, they can essentially be considered akin to the story line and are therefore deemed acceptable.

It’s not your average film, nor horror film for that matter. It definitely thinks outside the box and isn’t afraid to take steps that others won’t. It’s an out of this world adventure equipped with aliens, monsters, lots of nudity and buckets of blood.

The cgi was fitting for what the film was and the use of practical effects in certain situations worked great for the parts that called for it. The aliens were very cool looking and had some sort of screen or prompter in their mouth which displayed what appeared to be their tongues. It was a really neat, insignificant effect, but pretty cool nonetheless. The appearance of the fish like aliens is arguably the best part of the entire film.

The costumes and makeup were biting and the scenery was gorgeous and picturesque. The story was a bit all over the place, however, and the was dialogue neutral. The editing and sound were exceedingly vital, as well as the  directing. It’s probably the most noticeable thing about the film. It’s well rounded and really helped to smooth it out.

There’s definitely a lot to take in when viewing this film. It has its flaws as does any project, yet comes out on the positive end of the spectrum. It’s true low budget, independent horror. It’s zany, eccentric, extremely fun and definitely packs the laughs.

Overall, Cute Little Buggers is a truly odd and peculiar film. It’s unpredictable and unconventional. It’s highly entertaining with loads of laughs and plenty of deadly animal attacks (don’t worry, no animals were harmed during the making of the film).

So, if you haven’t seen this film yet, I highly suggest you check it out. It’s not for everyone and only for real die hard fans. It’s certainly in a category all it’s own, and simply just good, plain, all around fun. But remember, sometimes even Cute Little Buggers have a dark side. 

Posted by Donovan Smith

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