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Ticks (also known as Infested) is a horror movie from 1993.

A bunch of troubled cityslicker teens are taken to the woods to learn teamwork and overcome their differences. Unfortunately to them, trouble is on its way in the guise of dangerous marihuana farmers and mutated overgrown ticks.

This film is infested with:

  • Agony of the Feet: When startled by a giant tick, Jarvis stumbles on the Bear Trap which he was playing with earlier.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: The marijuana-farming sewage mutated the ticks.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: The ticks and the human villain Sir, a psychotic marijuana farmer who's willing to kill anyone who stumbled on his operation, which spawned the mutated ticks in the first place.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Panic is the only one of the protagonists to die.
  • Body Horror: Considering the movie is about mutated killer ticks who burrow into people's bodies, the movie has its share of this.
  • The End... Or Is It?: One of the cocoons survived back to the city.
  • Flat Character: Holly has no contributions at all to the plot and seems to be in the movie only to give Charles a girlfriend.
  • Hallucinations: Side effect from tick infestation.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: The human antagonists are a pair of psychotic redneck marijuana farmers.
  • Ironic Nickname: Panic, "because he never does".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For a good chunk of the movie, Charles is an irresponsible jerk who snaps at the kids, leaves them unsupervised and often behaves like he doesn't even want to deal with them despite the fact that he's supposed to be in charge. Ultimately, however, he does fight hard to keep them alive once the danger has been made clear.
  • Kill It with Fire: Ticks blow up when they're touched by fire.
  • Mercy Kill: Javis, infested with ticks, begs Didi to do this to him. The ticks kill him before he can.
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  • Moment Killer: Charles interrupts a moment between Melissa and Tyler.
  • Mutants: The killer ticks were mutated by run off from a marijuana farmer's steroid experiments. The one whose head burrowed into Panic's body is further mutated by steroids he takes to try and dull the pain from a gunshot, becoming a gigantic beast.
  • One-Winged Angel: The mutant tick inside Panic's body mutates even further thanks to the steroids he ingests to try and get through a gunshot and grows into gigantic monster.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: Sheriff Parker's corpse in the pond.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Sir tries to hold the group hostage. While this was possible when he had Jerry and a high powered shotgun, when he's battered, having a Villainous Breakdown, and only has a small pistol left, the group takes advantage of the first change the get, pin him down, disarm, and stab him. Taking your eyes off a group that completely outnumber you and fully know you want to kill them anyway is just asking for this to happen.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Jerry makes comments on several occasions that imply he and Sir have done this before, and Sir makes some comments suggesting he's interested in doing so with Panic.