CICADA! (2018) Reviews of giant insect ‘comedy’ horror


‘Kills humans dead’

Cicada! is a 2018 American science-fiction comedy horror feature film in which an environmental disaster unleashes giant bloodthirsty insects. Four eccentric friends led by a disgraced baseball player have to band together to defend Los Angeles from a swarm of the marauding cicadas…

Written, edited and directed by David Willis, the Ow My Neck Productions movie stars Jeffrey Ryan Kent, Cassandra Hein, Beau Crawford and Mike Nielsen.


We watch a lot of low and very low budget movies at MOVIES and MANIA and we are very sympathetic to indie filmmakers and their efforts in general. Unfortunately, Cicada! is just insultingly bad and not in an unintentionally bad-yet-fun way (like Birdemic). Frankly, it was a struggle to get through it despite this reviewer being a fan of this kind of creature feature nonsense. Writer-editor-director David Willis should reconsider his career plans if this is the best he can come up with.

Sure, it’s ‘knowingly’ bad with green screen bugs galore and pathetic CGI blood but that doesn’t mean it also has to be painfully unfunny and full of obnoxious characters too. Plus, some awful ADR. Compared to a movie like Brett Piper’s Bite Me! (2004) that shows how well this bare budget stuff can be done in comparison this is a waste of anyone’s time. Seek the likes of Bite Me! out and avoid this utter rubbish.

Adrian J Smith. MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:

The effects themselves are a mixture of poor CGI […] and some brilliant practical bug effects. Effects that, in the end credits, include rubber monsters hung on wire off the end of what look to be broom handles! It’s cheap and cheerful movie-making at its best. Cicada is the kind of film you’ll groan at, laugh with (not at) and have a lot of fun watching.” Nerdly

“There’s something for, and probably something to offend, everyone […] Willis seems to have overestimated how funny the bad effects would be and the cartoonish scenes of people being ripped apart grow repetitive fast. The same with horrible CGI explosions, especially once our heroes discover the cicadas are flying bombs.” Voices from the Balcony

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Choice dialogue:

Cindy: “This is bullsh*t! I’m so done!”


Cicada! was unleashed on DVD by Wild Eye Releasing on November 3rd 2020.

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

David Aguilera … Cicada Victim
Nathan Alexander
Andrew Amicangelo … Team Owner
Nicole Anthony … Cicada Victim
Jessica Arbogast … Cicada Victim
Phoenix Askani … Amber
Dave Bean … Coach Dixon
Ruben Briones … Smartass Jogger
Shawn Michael Clankie … Shawn (as Shawn Clankie)
Gabi Conti … Street Walker
Beau Crawford … Randy Porter
Andrew Curtis … Horny Pastor
Sadie Curtis … Cicada Victim
Amy Jean Davis … Dancer
Kaleb DeLeon … Mitch
Adam Deyoe … Police Officer
Raphael Dirani … Cicada Victim
Tom Diridon … Billy B
Dane Elcar … British Narrator (voice)
Maria Flores … Cicada Victim
Tommy Germanovich Jr. … News Anchor
Precious Gilbert … Dancer
Eric Gosselin … Roadblock Soldier
Sam Graci-Glazer … Young Johnny Bash
Cassandra Hein … Cindy Preston
Ananias Johnson … Raul
Jeffrey Ryan Kent … Johnny Bash
Kari Kiyokane … Cicada Victim
Graham Mackie … Tinfoil
Michael Malerba … Police Officer
Lawrence A. Mandley … Chief Mahoney (as Lawrence Mandley)
Ralph Mayer … Angry Jogger
Anne McDaniels … Dancer
Aaron McLane … Religious Fanatic
Greg Minihan … Police Officer
Susan Montenegro … Cri’stal
Mike Nielsen … Nelson Phillips
Meagan Phillips … Cicada Victim
Aaron Pont … DJ Ricky
Robert Rexx … Strip Club Bouncer
Jose Rosete … Strip Club Dirtbag
Daniel M. Sandoval … Rose Vendor / Cicada VIctim (as Daniel Sandoval)
Greggory Santizo … Cicada Victim
Rick Santizo … Helicopter Soldier
Gerardo F. Santos … Police Officer
Maryam Sheikholeslami … Cicada Victim
Shannon Torrence … Pam Phillips
J.T. Warren … Cicada Victim
Ivan Watts … Cicada Victim
Jason Whitton … Cicada Victim
David Willis … Smelly Bob
Merik Woodmansee … Police Officer
Brian Woods
Tom Yamamoto … Cicada Victim
Marley Yanow … Cicada Victim


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