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(aka "Blue Monkey" or "Insect" or "Invasion of the Bodysuckers" or "Green Monkey")
 

Directed by William Fruet
Canada 1987

 

Directed by Canadian horror pic helmer William Fruet (House by the Lake, Funeral Home, Spasms, Trapped), this 80s horror flick blends gore with an endearing 50s style over-sized killer bug. Steve Railsback (Helter Skelter, Lifeforce) turns in a great performance as Detective Jim Bishop, who must find a way to stop a giant monstrous insect thatís eating people in a quarantined hospital before it procreates and spreads a deadly infection itís carrying. Code Red now brings you this big bug B-movie also known as INSECT in glorious HD.

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While working in a greenhouse, a man receives an insect bite after touching an exotic plant. Immediately, he falls ill and is taken to an emergency room where the doctors diagnose him as suffering from an unknown bacteria, and a strange parasite which emerges from his mouth as a large slimy wormlike creature. Soon, there are more cases of bacterial infection, but the more immediate problem for the hospital is the wormlike creature which after accidental exposure to a genetic growth stimulant grows to monstrous proportions and starts a reign of terror and bloodshed in the hospitals abandoned wing.

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Theatrical Release: September 25th, 1987

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Distribution Code Red - Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:36:12.725        
Video

1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,840,994,498 bytes

Feature: 22,139,437,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1607 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1607 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles None
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1.78:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,840,994,498 bytes

Feature: 22,139,437,056 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.49 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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ē Trailers (2:02)


Blu-ray Release Date:
December 7th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Code Red and Kino Blu-ray (March 2022): Code Red have transferred William Fruet's Blue Monkey to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "HD Transfer from the Original Uncut 35mm Negative". It is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio on a single-layered disc and doesn't look particularly dynamic. It is consistent and reasonably clean. Contrast is stable and the image has some minor film-like thickness that can look video-y in the darker sequences. Not outstanding but full survivable for the film viewing and an apparent full notch above SD.

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On their Blu-ray, Code Red use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Blue Monkey has some creature-related aggressive sounds that come through with modest depth. There are also healthy screams throughout. The film's music is by Patrick Coleman and Paul Novotny - both their first film composition credits. Code Red offer no subtitle options on their Region FREE Blu-ray.

The Code Red Blu-ray offers only a trailer and the O-card slipcase plus alternate covers (see below.) 

William Fruet's "Blue Monkey" is a strangely memorable piece of creature-feature Canuxploitation. It, of course, is fairly schlocky (often intentionally), but not poorly written and an interesting horror genre concept crafting the premise intriguingly. Steve Railsback gives it some authenticity and there is a huge cast of Canadian actors. Anyway, there is a playfulness to it with minor humor from Second City'ers Robin Duke and Joe Flaherty. The "Blue Monkey" title comes from a dream of one of the hospital children - not present in the final cut. I suppose the generic "Insect" alt-title - while more accurate - helps throw it into the bin of obscurity. The, bare-bones, Code Red Blu-ray offers nothing except the film - which, in my mind, is no where hear as bad as its reputation. It worked for me as an unusual distraction that I will probably revisit. To each his own.

Gary Tooze

 


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