The Horror Honeys: Honey Switch Month ~ 'Infestation' with January Monster Honey!

Honey Switch Month ~ 'Infestation' with January Monster Honey!

A January Switch Monster Honey Review with Chassity

Infestation (2009)

It’s no secret that I was the most unhappy Honey about the January designation switch. I don’t do well with creatures because I’m more terrified by what’s real (like people I may have wronged coming back for revenge against me, or some stalker psycho offing me and my friends while we’re on vacation together), or because the monster/creature usually is so disgusting I get goosebumps so painful it distracts me from whatever semblance of a plot is going on. 

But then, I remembered that this was a perfect opportunity for me to tell people about a certain creature film that I not only tolerate, but actually enjoy. And it stars one of my favorite young actors since Elijah Wood. 

Boom. I win. 

Thank goodness for Infestation. 

Meet twenty-something slacker (and obvious former class clown) Cooper (played by the seriously talented and underrated Chris Marquette), whose knack for hiding pain with jokes is truly Chandler Bing in fashion.  Cooper has a life changing experience when, in one day, he goes from (semi) gainfully employed, to getting fired for slacking off on the job and being rude to customers. But that’s not the worst of it. Imagine waking up in the office where you just got fired, trapped in a cocoon, only to realize that your city has been invaded by giant, monstrous bugs. And you’re pretty much left with no other option than to play hero to everyone around you, including the woman who just fired you, and her daughter. 

Because nothing says “hero” like a lovable man-child who wears sneakers with his dressy work clothes. And I don’t mean that to be in the slightest bit sarcastic. It totally works for this movie. 

As bleak as all that sounds, Infestation is actually more comedy than horror. It never fails to stay light hearted. Even through puking, people killing huge insects and disgusting pus flying out, and dealing with mourning the death of loved ones, there’s stuff to smile and even giggle about. 

I love a good genre-bender, and in a way, this fits the bill. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: it’s a creature feature that plays out like a zombie apocalypse film. In fact, the giant monster bugs don’t just kill; they sometimes just sting, causing the victim to eventually turn and become… half huge bug/ half human-that-looks-like-a-zombie…? I don’t know; I just know that that kind of hybrid where human brain meets the animalistic drive to kill is truly… well, it ain’t pleasant. 

There’s the “strangers stuck in a bad situation” plot device, and a bit of romantic comedy thrown in. You know, where the girl doesn’t like the guy because he’s immature and has some growing up to do but even as he tries to fight growing up, his childlike goofiness and charm wins her over well before the closing credits? Yeah, that kind of thing. 

The relationship between Cooper and his dad will make you both cry and laugh. I don’t care what kind of relationship you have with your parents, I challenge you to not find something to relate to in the dynamic between Cooper and Ethan. 

If that, or the fact that there’s something for everyone, doesn’t win you over, here’s four more reasons to watch Infestation:

Ray Wise. Explosion. Complete and utter grossness. And Ray Wise. 

Monster Honey Rating: 5 high pitched noises out of 5

Infestation is available via Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, Google Play, & blu-ray/DVD

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