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I watched a film around 2005 that involved modern soldiers (possibly American) who are being stalked and killed one by one in a forest or jungle. The look and feel is similar to Predator - big GI's with vests, bulging muscles and heavy weaponry. However, it's not a humanoid they are fighting but a sort of infestation of large vines that attack by wrapping around victims and sucking all the fluid out them - leaving sort of emaciated and discoloured husks.

The soldiers stumble across a few 'dehydrated' bodies that confuses and terrifies everyone ("What the hell could have done that!?" etc), and the threat is later revealed where you see a soldier killed gruesomely in front of everyone - I'm sure there is a moment where he is trapped and people try to rescue him, but as they get close he dies horribly. I was quite young and the imagery has stuck with me for a long time - it was quite dramatic in that creepy bad visual effects way like the end of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

I distinctly remember a scene where a soldier successfully blows up a bunch of the 'vines' with a grenade launcher - it might have been a rotating barrel grenade launcher or an under slung one on an M16 or similar.

The plot might have involved an abandoned research station where Bad Things Happened(TM) that led to the current events, but I might just be confusing similar plots now so I'm not sure about that point.

There may also have been a female researcher who acted as the foil to all the big muscly soldier types and who was interested in studying and finding out what was going on rather than just blowing everything up.

I watched this late at night on a Sky box with hundreds of channels - it could have been anywhere to be honest.

I'm unsure how old the film was but at the time I thought it was likely from the 90s. It may have been a feature film, a straight to TV film or part of a series I was unfamiliar with.

marked as duplicate by FuzzyBoots story-identification Jun 12 '18 at 11:19

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This is likely Code Red - The Rubicon Conspiracy, a TV Film from 2001. I'm largely copying and pasting an earlier answer of mine because I'm posting from my phone.

Code Red poster

Code Red: the Rubicon Conspiracy is a 2001 TV movie aired by UPN involving a dishonorably discharged Army Lieutenant by the name of Peter Doyle (played by Brian McNamara) who is called in for a rescue mission regarding the Rubicon Station in the midst of Africa. His brother, James Doyle, may be the last remaining member of the last mission squad. He was also the reason for Peter's discharge, The Rubicon Station has a nuclear failsafe due to detonate in 20 hours if it's not reset and there are local rebels in play. Furthermore, Doyle quickly learns that some of his opposition is not from this planet, but not all of them are enemies.

I don't have a source of text to quote chapter and verse at you, but it involves a military squad in a jungle (set in Africa, filmed in Australia) and Lt. Joyce Darwin is indeed a bit darker-skinned and exotic-looking. They encounter a tentacled creature which sucks life-force out of people, and they are helped by a more humanoid figure. And the proposed solution from the start was a nuclear failsafe, although the ending employs more conventional explosives.

  • This appears to be the right film. I had a quick watch on youtube and it appears to be a far far worse movie than I remember. Thank you anyway, ha! – Smeato Jun 12 '18 at 10:51
  • ^_^ I was familiar with it because I saw it before. It's Asylum-level, but it is a bit low-budget. – FuzzyBoots Jun 12 '18 at 11:19

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