Dr. John VandenBrooks doesn’t seem like a mad scientist. Yes, he’s got a weird last name, and he’s got a secret laboratory in Arizona where he conducts horrible crimes against nature under the guise of science, but other than that, Dr. VandenBrooks is perfectly normal. Well, kind of normal; Dr. VandenBrooks has created a race of giant flesh-eating dragonflies in his laboratory, so he can’t be that normal.
It sounds like a plot from a SyFy movie. Mad scientist, possibly played by Jeffrey Combs or maybe Tim Thomerson, genetically engineers a race of giant, flesh-eating prehistoric bugs in a lab, thanks to the power of hyperoxic atmosphere (atmosphere with 31% oxygen, similar to that of the Paleozoic Era when giant dragonflies were just par for the course). Next thing you know, the lab seals break and giant bugs are on the loose, terrorizing Baltimore and killing campers, hillbillies, and fornicators alike with aplomb.
Treat Williams will play a handsome prehistoric etymologist who helps stop the Gigantofly attacks with the help of his trusty shotgun and a few no-name graduate assistants. Call me, SyFy! Let’s make this picture happen!
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