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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
UPC: 0032429068637
Original Release: 1975
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bradford Dillman James Parmiter
Joanna Miles Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland Metbaum
Jamie Smith Jackson Norma Tacker
Alan Fudge Mark Ross
Jesse Vint Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack Sylvia Ross
Brendan Dillon Charlie
James Greene Rev. Kern
Jim Poyner Kenny Tacker
Sam Jarvis Taxi Driver
Bard Stevens Guard
William Castle Actor
Frederic Downs Henry Tacker

Technical Credits
Jeannot Szwarc Director
Reg Allen Set Decoration/Design
William Castle Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Fox Score Composer
Michel Hugo Cinematographer
Allan Jacobs Editor
Thomas Page Screenwriter
Jack Roe Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Guy C. Verhille Costumes/Costume Designer
John K. Wilkinson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Holy Rollers [7:48]
2. Dazed and Confused [9:26]
3. Strange Bugs [10:32]
4. Getting an Earful [12:33]
5. The Pressure [8:27]
6. Life Goes On [11:44]
7. Family Reunion [9:52]
8. Carnivorous Diet [8:45]
9. Intelligent Offspring [5:02]
10. Fresh Meat [9:24]
11. Revenge of the Mutants [6:01]

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