Dragon Wasps is a 2012 American made-for-television horror film produced by American World Pictures and directed by Joe Knee.
When her father mysteriously disappears on an expedition, entomologist Gina Humphries and her assistant, Rhonda, set out to search the rain forests of Belize.
Due to numerous robberies and assaults in the jungle, they are escorted by heavily-armed soldiers. Guerillas, lead by the infamous Jaguar, ambush the convoy and incite a bloody shootout.
Just when things can’t get worse, a horde of murderous dragon wasps, massive flying bugs that shoot flame from their abdomens, swarms the soldiers. Now the military must defeat Jaguar’s bandits and survive the fearsome insect onslaught as they venture inside the dragon wasps’ hive…
Dragon Wasps is notably short on Dragon Wasp action for the most part, instead concentrating on the one-dimensional military and guerrilla stereotypes and having an unusual fixation on cocaine, which turns out to be some sort of wasp-defeating wonder drug.
You can reach your own conclusions about that, but the viewer might well find some sort of external stimulants are necessary to get through this, given the scattershot plot that doesn’t actually go anywhere.
There is a final burst of gory monster action towards the end, but by then the meandering story, the terrible performances, the unfunny humour and the clumsy pacing will probably have done for all but the hardiest of viewers.
David Flint, Horrorpedia
“The special effects aren’t great but that’s not really a problem as this was hardly ever going to trouble the like of Aliens in terms of creating believable creepy crawlies, but in terms of screen time there is too much time spent between encounters with the insects waffling about missing fathers and how to repel wasps with cocaine and not enough actual battles.” Eat Sleep Live Film
” … this is what schlocky direct to DVD monster movies should be, skating just on the edge of outright parody and serious genre productions. It knows you came for trash, and doesn’t disappoint in terms of laughably bad acting and special effects, but also doesn’t use that as an excuse to just not try very hard, or worse, try to be intentionally bad to increase its riffability quotient.”
Stupid Blue Planet
Related: The Wasp Woman (1959)