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This is the most grisly DVD box art ever

Posted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 9:49 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

Let me start out by giving a word of caution. The packaging art for this upcoming DVD is very graphic. If you are sensitive to gruesome pictures, you might not want to continue.

OK, now that I've said that...

You've just gotta check out the artwork for the Aug. 5 DVD release of the movie The Hive. The Saw movies have nothing on this thing. Here is the official synopsis for the flick:

The ninth installment in the “Maneater Series,” The Hive unleashes a mass of flesh-eating army ants—200 million strong—is making its way through the jungles of Brazil devouring every living thing in its path. Called in to stave off the attack is Horace Lennart, a scientist from Thorax Industries extermination service in Los Angeles, and his girlfriend, entomologist Claire Dubois. But when they discover the bizarre intention and origins of the crawling creatures, they fear for the future of the planet. When these ants come crawling, classic horror gets a contemporary twist—and an unearthly invasion gets the upper hand.

The movie stars Tom Wopat (yes, Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard), Kal Weber, and Elizabeth Healey. Apparently it was shown on The SciFi Channel earlier this year.

The grisly art features a woman in obvious pain being ravaged by a horde of killer ants. Her legs have been gnawed off at the knees by the tiny little monsters.

Click here to see the full box art

The art is pretty darn graphic but at the same time I consider it pretty implausible. Did the woman just lie there as the ants started devouring her? Why didn't she get away? Having seen Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull this past weekend, apparently I'm seriously underestimating the will power of simple ants.

The Hive is not rated -- which is no surprise, really. The MPAA would've had a thing or two to say about this art if it had been rated by them.

Regardless, I'll be surprised if this is the art that makes its way on to store shelves. Things like this just have a way of being censored.