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Bug (1975)




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The last gasp of gimmick-horror auteur William Castle (who produced and co-wrote), Bug is an entertaining throwback to the mutant-monsters-amok theme of the 1950s (themselves throwbacks of another kind) that he found so profitable. The film stars Bradford Dillman as a kinder, gentler mad scientist who discovers the presence of a bizarre strain of mutant cockroach emerging from the earth after a severe earthquake. Although larger than the average beetle, the most disturbing aspect of the critters is their innate ability to ignite fires with their bodies -- a talent dramatically revealed after a few of the bugs crawl up a vehicle's tailpipe. When Dillman discovers that the creatures possess a group intelligence, he attempts to train and breed them -- which proves to be less than a good idea. In Castle's heyday, this would have proven an ideal theme for one of his patented gimmicks (perhaps having little rubber bugs drop from the ceiling onto unsuspecting patrons at appropriate moments), but director Jeannot Szwarc (who later helmed Jaws 2 and the hankie-fest Somewhere in Time) plays the story straight, with remarkably chilling results. This is also remarkably violent for a mainstream PG film (particularly in the scene where Bad Seed Patty McCormack's hair is ignited by the six-legged arsonists) with a downbeat ending typical of many horror movies of the '70s.

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Bradford Dillman
as Prof. James Parmiter
Joanna Miles
as Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland
as Gerald Metbaum
Jamie Smith Jackson
as Norma Tacker
Alan Fudge
as Mark Ross
Jesse Vint
as Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack
as Sylvia Ross
Frederic Downs
as Henry Tacker
James Greene
as Rev. Kern
Jim Poyner
as Kenny Tacker
Sam Jarvis
as Taxi Driver
Patricia McCormack
as Sylvia Ross
Fred Downs
as Henry Tacker
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Critic Reviews for Bug

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Its last half is largely static, and the film never revives much interest.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

An imaginative little B thriller that manages to be genuinely suspenseful.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

"Bug" is decidedly poisonous.It is not simply a scary picture, nor simply a violent one. It is a cruel picture.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

The film's "animals attack" horror is terrifically effective, especially if the thought of bugs creepy crawling through your hair is enough to get you flinching.

August 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The acting, writing and direction are awful.

December 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Dumb, dumb horror flick on C level starring killer bugs.

October 23, 2008 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Bug

I was actually enjoying this one at first but it just grows tedious beyond belief. The dialogues become a snore fest, the plot moves nowhere and it just doesn't go over the top like it could've. It also has a way too serious tone for a movie that is, essentially, about bugs that set shit on fire with their asses.

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