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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2014

“O death, where is thy sting?” is the question posed in 1 Corinthians, 15:55 (King James Version). “Right here” is the answer!

Pushing all the correct genre buttons including that all-important appearance by the great Lance Henrikson, STUNG is the heartwarmingly uplifting story of what happens when Mrs Perch's annual elite-society garden-party is crashed by some very unwelcome visitors; a swarm of killer wasps. As befits a genre film, they have also just happened to mutate into man-sized predators, but what else can you expect when the gardeners have been using illegally imported compost on the begonias? Cue mayhem, mutilation and an ever rising, extremely gnarly death toll while Paul and Julia, two young catering assistants, battle for their lives and, at the same time, battle even harder to get a grip on their stumbling romance and finally confess their feelings for one another before one or both die a screaming, blood-drenched death.

Starting life as the winning entry of the 2011/2012 competition by German production company Rat Pack Filmproduktion, called SCHREIB UM DEIN LEBEN (Translation: “Write for Your Life”), STUNG springs from the disgustingly awesome minds of American writer Adam Aresty and director Benni Diez.

Launched at the AFM 2012, STUNG immediately secured a multi-territory pre-buy from independent distributor EOne, which includes, among others, the UK, Canada, Germany, France and Scandinavia. Since then other territories have also been closed but maybe, just maybe, yours is still available. If so, and you are still looking for the best man-versus-killer-insect-movie in a long time, here it is.

Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Horror
Category Feature
Director Benni Diez
Screenplay Adam Aresty
Cinematography Stephan Burchardt
Cast Matt O'Leary, Jessica Cook, Clifton Collins Jr., Lance Henriksen
Producers Christian Becker, Benjamin Munz
Co-Producers Nate Bolotin, Todd Brown, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian, Thomas Wöbke
Production Company Rat Pack Filmproduktion, in co-production with XYZ Films/Los Angeles, Caligari Film
Shooting Dates October-November 2014
Festivals Tribeca 2015, CPH PIX Copenhagen 2015, Fantaspoa 2015, Black Nights Tallinn 2015
Awards Best Feature Film Fantaspoa 2015
With backing from German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds

World Sales
XYZ Films
Nate Bolotin