So, it’s been a couple of weeks since the last Cheeseball Cinema film and I figured with some of the new apps I have, it would give me a chance to see some different films. For today’s film, I was in the mood for a cheesy horror film and I found one in the 1993 film Ticks. Seth Green (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) stars as troubled teen Tyler Burns who has a little bit of an anxiety issue. You see Tyler’s dad thinks it’s a good idea for him to get some therapy with a wilderness therapy group for the weekend. The only problem is that where this group heads off to has a little bit of a problem. You see the dope crop farmers in the area are using a steroid to make the weed grow faster, but in turn it mixes with some ticks and makes them bigger than usual. Now the group has to survive this giant killer tick infestation before they are consumed. The film also stars Amy Dolenz (Witchboard 2) as Dee Dee, Rosalind Allen (Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult) as Holly, Virginya Keehne (The Dentist) as Melissa, Ray Oriel (Blood For Blood) as Rome, Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air) as Panic, Clint Howard (Apollo 13) as Jarvis, Peter Scolari (Camp Nowhere) as Charles, Rance Howard (Chinatown) as Sheriff Parker, and the film was directed by Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II).
I have to start this one off by saying that this is probably the better of the cheesy monster insect movies I have seen for Cheeseball Cinema. I know Halloween is officially 148 days away from now, but I just couldn’t wait which is why I chose a horror film to watch. What is cheesy about the film you ask then, well try to imagine Alfonso Ribeiro as a tough inner city kid from LA and not the rich kid Carlton from Bel-Air. That was a real challenge for me even though I thought he did a decent job. I was just expecting him to break out the Carlton dance the whole time. The ticks were actually pretty impressive looking in my opinion even though some times you could tell they were being thrown around. One of the coolest scenes in the film comes toward the end when you see a giant tick rupture out of someone’s body which was visually impressive. The only thing about this film is that there is no T&A at all, but we get teased by the beautiful Amy Dolenz. There were a couple of cheesy parts which mostly came when the film’s other antagonists came along. Those were really the only times that the film became cheesy besides the opening sequence with Green and Ribeiro. Other than that, this was pretty decent like I said before. You can check it out right now on the Showtime Anytime app. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2.2 for a final grade.