Bug

Film, Horror

Time Out says

Basically a mad scientist story enlivened by eco-subtexts, in which horrible self-combusting cockroaches are thrown up from beneath the earth's crust during an earthquake, only to commence setting fire to everyone and everything they touch; meanwhile Dillman's hermit-like scientist investigates, analyses, and comes to play God. Therein lies the film's interest: biblical and religious images (heads aflame with tongues of fire, winged demons) hold sway right from the film's opening, set effectively in a remote desert church, to establish a schlock-horror allegory on the creation myth. Tacky in parts - as one might expect from producer William Castle (his last film; he also co-scripted) - and occasionally lacking in plot logic, it's nevertheless an imaginative little B thriller that manages to be genuinely suspenseful.

Details

Release details

Duration:
101 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jeannot Szwarc
Screenwriter:
William Castle, Thomas Page
Cast:
Bradford Dillman
Joanna Miles
Richard Gilliland
Jamie Smith Jackson
Alan Fudge
Jesse Vint