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Bug (2013)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars different than your average attacking insect movie August 20, 2006
I saw this when I was ten or eleven when it was broadcast on network TV and i liked it; I was curious to see how it would stand up to the passage of time and i recently purchased it on DVD and--in spite of some poor spfx at the climax (screaming,goggle-eyed bug puppets being thrust directly into a camera with a wide-angle lens) this is for the most part a grim and weird semi-art-house sci fi movie, more akin to PHASE IV than something like THEM or even THE BIRDS.

BUG benefits greatly from the intense and nervously twitchy central performance of BRADFORD DILLMAN as the scientist who goes off the deep end after his wife is fried by the title critters. The insect ( or BUG, as the case may be) photography is well-done and the soundtrack whenever the bugs make an appearance is a prototypically 70's art-house exploitation hybrid--a series of scratches and electronic pops--but it becomes unnervingly effective. The scenes that conclude the film of Bradford Dillman performing bizarre experiments upon the BUGs and establishing some sort of contact with them remain potent and eerie and all of the scenes where he finds them crawling loose in his farmhouse are yucky in the best possible way; i remember flipping thru some monster movie magazine when I was six or seven yr old and seeing Bradford Dillman staring at a kitchen counter full of big, fat roaches and being grossed out--and also wanting to get down to the local drive-in and see it as soon as possible!

If you are willing to forgive some poor special effects near the climax you wont be disappointed by what precedes it. BUG is a genuinely creepy movie, one which manages to conjure up a disturbing atmosphere of heat and paranoia and eventually crumbling insanity. Worth a look.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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William Castle's production of "Bug" is based on the Thomas Page novel "The Hephaestus Plague" and is one of the great sci-fi horror movies form the 70's decade. It begins with an earthquake erupting in California causing some kind of prehistoric insects to emerge from underground. Entomologist Dr. James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman) soon discovers they are not only highly intelligent but are able to ignite fires by means of two strange antenna-like objects from their abdomen. But it turns out that the bugs are dying slowly and can't copulate due to the surface pressure is different from that underground. Obsessed with keeping them alive for study,he finds a way to make them breed and unleashes a super fire bug which turns out to be his undoing. Looks great on an HDTV.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best. Soundtrack. Ever. January 25, 2007
Bug (Jeannot Szwarc, 1975)

No Rod Serling devotee who was alive in the seventies will ever forget the name of Jeannot Szwarc, the man who directed some of Night Gallery's finest moments ("Class of '99" and "Cool Air" were two of his). Szwarc's been a TV guy forever, rarely doing work on the big screen; when he does, it's often reminiscent of TV movies anyway. Such is the case with Bug, Szwarc's entry into the big-bug subgenre of the seventies disaster flick, probably best remembered these days for its interiors being filmed in the Brady Bunch house.

Based on Thomas Page's unjustly-obscure novel The Hephaestus Plague, and produced by the legendary William Castle, Bug is about, well, bugs-- large cockroach-lookin' things that emerge from a large crevasse formed after an earthquake. We rapidly discover that these guys can start fires, and are quite happy to do just that, quickly devastating the small town near their point of origin. (Yet, oddly, leaving the house at the edge of the crevasse standing.) Professor James Parmiter (Bradford Dillman of, among many other things, The Mephisto Waltz), an entomologist at the local university, is approached by his student Gerald Metbaum (character actor Richard Gilliland), whose girlfriend's family owns the farm whence the bugs are coming. Parmiter quickly becomes obsessed with the bugs, moving into an outbuilding at the farm in order to study them more closely.

There are two things about this movie that raise it above the level of the everyday big-bug flick. One is that this movie refuses to go in the direction you expect, if you've seen enough big-bug movies to know the conventions of the genre.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It sure did. September 20, 2001
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This movie does not deal with large roach-like bugs taking over the world, as so many 70's eco-horrors showed, and as I thought it would. The insects arrive after an earthquake, kill a few unlikable people, start a few fires, and then? nada. The film goes on to portray one man becoming obsessed with studying them, and developing an unsettling relationship with them. Then not much else happens. It is not really *inept*, so bad film lovers probably will not find it intriguing. But lovers of fine cinema certainly will not be enamored of it, either.
An understated William Castle movie? Can it be? Yes. This movie leans happily toward camp on several brief occasions. But mostly everything just grinds to a slow, unpleasant halt. A few sparks (literally, if you watch) of inventiveness cannot save Bug from being by far the least entertaining Castle film I've ever seen. Too bad; it is an unfittingly blecch valedictory to the ultimate showman's flamboyantly fun career.
A final note: I don't know, but the story seems too similar to Sandkings to be coinkydink. (That was dull, too.)
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't get the right movie.
Published 8 days ago by A. Huffman
4.0 out of 5 stars BUG
It came right on time
because is a collector dvd when I was little I watch on the movie theater
I give a 4 star it was okay
people who like to collect the old... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Renato Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
I somehow remember this movie as being in black and white and was quite surprised (in a good way) to find it was actually in color. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past!
This is one awesome movie from the past. Re-makes are everywhere but not for this movie. Excellent for its time and most enjoyable still today. A must have for a collector.
Published 6 months ago by DJ Sandoval
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatful Adaptation
It's not quite as detailed in it's pseudo science as the novel, The Hephaestus Plague, on which it is based . Read more
Published 10 months ago by new yorker
5.0 out of 5 stars So Great to find this viewing gem!
I remembered this movie and searched for it all over. Thanks, Amazon! It is really a great sci-fi type viewing experience~and so realistic! Special effects are great! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Iamsuzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Bug
The DVD was perfect with no scratches. It looked brand new and played perfectly. Thank you so much for the quick delivery.
Published 11 months ago by Alisa Henson
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ORIGINAL BUG!
There may have been other movies with the title 'bug' but this is the original. Very campy, and of course, very low budget, Especially the sound effects/sound scapes. Read more
Published 13 months ago by arturo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie,BUT, won't play on my dvd player.
Though I love this film and have seen it on tv twice over 20 years ago, sadly the dvd i got will not play on my dvd player. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cindy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE HELL OF A MOVIE
just received my copy today from
this movie still packs a punch terrific from start to
finish movie was done by "william castle" who made terrific movies such... Read more
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