Kenneth M Badish
“Whilst conducting trials for a virus vaccine, Dr Jen Allen and her convicted felon human trial become affected by genetically altered Mosquito DNA. When the felon mutates into the deadly Mansquito, Dr Allen’s boyfriend Lieutenant Detective Thom Randall must track down and kill the creature whilst also dealing with her slow mutation into a mosquito-human hybrid.”
- Musetta Vander – Dr Jennifer Allen
- Corin Nemec – Lt Thomas Randall
- Christa Campbell – Liz
- Matt Jordon – Mansquito
- Patrick Dreikauss – Detective Charlie Morrison
- Jay Benedict – Dr Aaron Michaels
- Crocodile – Boaz Davidson
- Crocodile 2 – Boaz Davidson
- Dracano – Corin Nemec
- Dragon Dynasty – Corin Nemec
- Dragon Wasps – Corin Nemec
- Hyenas – Christa Campbell
- Ice Spiders – Tibor Takács
- Kraken: Tenacles of the Deep – Tibor Takács
- Lake Placid vs Anaconda – Corin Nemec
- Larva – Ken M Badish, Boaz Davidson
- Mega Snake – Tibor Takács, Boaz Davidson
- Octopus – Boaz Davidson
- Octopus 2 – Boaz Davidson
- Planet Raptor – Musetta Vander
- Raging Sharks – Corin Nemec
- Rats – Tibor Takács, Patrick Dreikauss, Boaz Davidson
- Rise of the Dinosaurs – Corin Nemec
- Robocroc – Corin Nemec
- Sand Sharks – Corin Nemec
- Shark Man- Ken M Badish, Boaz Davidson
- Snake Man- Ken M Badish, Boaz Davidson
- Spiders – Boaz Davidson
- Spider 2 – Boaz Davidson
- Spiders 3D – Tibor Takács, Christa Campbell
- The Sea Beast – Corin Nemec
- Mosquitoman is a 2005 Sci Fi Pictures Original Film directed by Tibor Takacs and is the second part of the channel’s 2005 ‘A New Breed of Predators’ series. Formerly known as Mansquito, this feature stars numerous creature feature regulars including Musetta Vander (Super Force, Planet Raptor) and Corin Nemec (SS Doomtrooper, Sea Beast) with Christa Campbell and Patrick Dreikauss and Matt Jordan as Ray Erikson/ the Mansquito.
Whilst conducting trials for a virus vaccine, Dr Jen Allen and her convicted felon human trial become affected by genetically altered Mosquito DNA. When the felon mutates into the deadly Mansquito, Dr Allen’s boyfriend Lieutenant Detective Thom Randall must track down and kill the creature whilst also dealing with her slow mutation into a mosquito-human hybrid.
As per usual Boaz Davidson provides the story but really does a great job on Mosquito Man, creating some interesting character arcs and including an ending that I really didn’t see coming. Takacs (Mega Snake, Rats, Spiders 3D) stylishly directs the feature with his DOP and frequent collaborator Emil Topuzov creating some great, emotive lighting. Rare for films of this genre, the production budget was really put to good use with some great practical effects, big action scenes and some very inventive and atmospheric locations and sets. The kill count is nice and high, with countless disposable characters being introduced so that they can die seconds later, but the variation in kills is despicable. Understandably the majority of kills involve Mansquito using his giant sucker to drain victims dry but other than a few claw impalements, that’s pretty much it and even then most of the kills happen disappointingly off-screen. The only notable kill is a police officer that gets his head cut in half.
Musetta Vander’s portrayal of Dr Jen Allen’s slow demise into mutation, such as the skin discolouration or the sugar and blood addictions, is wonderfully fresh and subtle, offering a stark opposite to almost immediate transformation of the Mansquito. Similar to Michael Shanks in Mega Snake, it is nice to spend so much time developing the character through their relationships and interaction with other characters whilst allowing the monster fighting to wait until late Act Two/ Act Three. Corin Nemec is equally as enjoyable playing both sides of his character, the loving boyfriend and the stone-faced detective, with a degree of believability and flare. His scenes that bookend the film, although extremely short, are some of my favourites from the entire film.
Genre favourite Christa Campbell (Kraken, Hyenas, Spiders 3D) is drastically underused as Allen’s lab partner and friend Liz but her character plays an important role in the inciting incident that begins the film. Patrick Dreikauss (Rats) gets a larger role as Randall’s partner Detective Charlie Morrison but his character serves as more of a plot device than offering anything particularly new or interesting. In what little we see of Matt Jordan (Caveman, It Waits) before he puts the suit on, he is a perfectly adequate and convincing convicted murderer but it’s clear that his speciality lies in silent physical acting.
Mansquito is rare amongst creatures in the sense that rather than just going on a rampant killing spree (which he still does) his main goal is actually to mate with the only other member of his species, Dr Jen Allen. Despite his comic book super villain origin, Mansquito is actually very creatively designed and looks extremely monstrous. Rather than rely on cheap CGI, the film-makers predominantly use tradition GIC’s (Guys in Costumes) to portray the Mansquito instead saving the computer effects for poor looking mutation and flying scenes. Perhaps it is largely down to personal preference but the Mansquito makes for a far more threatening and engaging villain than the majority of his CGI counterparts due to his physical presence and ‘reality’. Takacs also wastes no time with revealing the Mansquito and allowing him plenty of time in the limelight to establish what threat he poses and what his overall mission is. I wouldn’t go as far to say that Mansquito is developed over the course of the film or that he is in any way a complex villain, merely that he is more intelligent and certainly more interesting than most creatures in the genre.
Rather than the film itself having any special mentions, it is actually the UK DVD release that deserves special attention. Like the other ‘ANBOP’ films, Mosquito Man is often known by its alternate title, this time around being Mansquito, and holds my personal record for having the worst standard of DVD’s known to man: after the end of the film, audiences are treated to a silent alternate opening featuring the exact same footage only with the alternate name used in the titles; the DVD has no menu screen nor any features or options at all, merely a file name; the front cover of the DVD is irrelevant to the film with the exact same image being used on the spine and blurb as well. However on a positive note, the information in the blurb is actually accurate to the premise of the film (unlike Snake Man) and at least they didn’t use the same template picture that Snake Man and Shark Man used.
Whilst I may not have a great deal to say about it, I really like Mosquitoman and it really sticks out as the best of the A New Breed of Predator series. The use of practical effects to CGI is definitely a huge point to its favour and the always reliable creative team of Takacs, Topuzov and Davidson really bring their best to this production. Mosquito Man is both enjoyable and technically impressive with some great acting emphasising the rich characters and screenplay. Everyone involved could have just taken the ease way and gone for complete camp like Shark Man or just plain generic like Snake Man, but the amount of effort shines through to make a fantastic addition to anyone’s creative feature collection.