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'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

'Stung,' about mutant wasps, is a throwback to 1980s B movies

Mutant wasps wreak havoc at a country-estate garden party in "Stung," a homage to those 1980s creature features that reveled in grotesque details. Novice filmmaker Benni Diez cut his teeth working in special effects, and to that end the film certainly hearkens back to 1980s B movies. But "Stung" lacks the allegorical quality that would distinguish it from that era's Cronenbergian horror knockoffs, and the director's background doesn't play to the strengths of Adam Aresty's screenplay. Aresty appears to have written the film mostly with the "Alien" oeuvre in mind, with emphasis on wasps' parasitic and behavioral qualities. But those...

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