Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bug (1975)

Directed by:
Jeannot Szwarc

The small town of Riverside, California has more problems than the usual San Andreas fault city. A destructive earthquake has not only shaken up the population, but also released a disgusting cockroach-like insect from the center of the earth. The bugs, which are ten inches long, can make ears bleed by making shrills sounds, and cause people to spontaneously combust at will, cause various problems and death for the unfortunate denizens of Riverside. Though it's middling as far as killer bug movies go, there are some fun and entertaining moments to be had here. Good cast, too, featuring the always amiable Bradford Dillman in the lead and Patty (THE BAD SEED) McCormack as a victim. Written, produced, and featuring a cameo appearance from the king of theater gimmicks - William Castle - who had a typically outrageous idea of putting devices under theater seats to emulate scurrying bugs. Unfortunately, that never happened. It was rated PG, but still has plenty of scenes guaranteed to you squirm in your seat. Charles Fox did the music, and Paramount released it to home video. It was the last film project for Castle.


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