With a cast of B-movie names and veteran director Fred Olen Ray (using his Ed Raymond moniker here) behind this, you'd figure that Glass Trap would be an enjoyable little monster movie. That's only really partly correct as there's certain things about it I mildly enjoyed, but for the most part I was too busy groaning at the atrociously weak insect effects (think rubbery, obviously fake, and CGI all in one) and dopey attempts at humour.
C. Thomas Howell heads-up the cast as an ex-con turned janitor at a high-rise office building who ends-up stuck in there on the weekend with a whole slew of clichéd characters (the bitchy boss, her picked-on assistant, the workaholic dad with the secret, etc.) when some giant ants end-up infesting the building after they've hitched a ride over in some shrubs being delivered from a local nursery. There's also a subplot involving an USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) agent who's investigating deaths at the nursery thats trail leads to the building and in the last third they even trot in Martin Kove as a bad-ass agent who's specialty is dealing with major crisis's (and who has tons of non-speaking soldiers who stumble around in clumsy looking costumes).
If there's anything positive to say about Glass Trap it's that at least you can tell the people making it never once seemed to be taking it seriously and with Ray at the helm it keeps moving at a steady pace and plays out exactly like it's meant to - as a campy B-movie packed with laughable (and numerous) ant attacks, cheesy dialogue, and plenty of silly moments such as when one giant ant is attacking someone while hanging from a thin wire between two buildings.
Go into this expecting a crappy little B-flick and you might be able to squeeze some fun out of it, but it does eventually wear out its welcome and you'll probably get tired of your eyes rolling to the back of your head every time our antennae sporting ant friends show-up on screen.
Ray has made some alright movies in his day, but he's also made his fair share of dogs, this one falls somewhere in the middle with even his 2002 "killer snake" flick, Venomous, faring better. But he pretty much accomplished what he went in to do and he managed to get a whole slew of pleasing familiar faces in the main roles - it's just too bad that in the end Glass Trap is nothing more than a tiring, and junky, creature feature. (Chris Hartley, 8/31/05)
Directed By: Ed Raymond (Fred Olen Ray).
Written By: Lisa Morton, Brent Thompson.
Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Siri Baruc, Stella Stevens, Andrew Prine.
Picture Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen.
Picture Quality: The picture here is pretty solid and despite being a little fuzzy at times I didn't notice any grain or real flaws in the transfer.
Extras: There's a trailer and previews for other First Look releases. Pretty much what you'd expect for a movie of this level.