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Lightning Bug [Blu-ray] (2004)

Bret Harrison , Laura Prepon , Robert Hall  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bret Harrison, Laura Prepon, Ashley Laurence, Kevin Gage, Hal Sparks
  • Directors: Robert Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009L63QCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Never-Before-Released Extended Cut
  • Making-of Featurette
  • Audio Commentaries with the Writer/Director and Cast
  • Deleted Scenes, and more!

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    THE MOST FRIGHTENING MONSTERS ARE ALL AROUND US! Bret Harrison (“Grounded for Life”) stars as a frustrated teen who dreams of escaping his miserable life in a small Alabama town for a special effects make-up job in Hollywood, creating grisly monsters. His dream may even be in reach when he’s hired to design the community's annual Halloween spook house and falls in love with a local girl (Laura Prepon, "That ’70s Show”). But there are real monsters in his way, including an abusive stepfather (Kevin Gage, Heat) who terrorizes his mother (Ashley Laurence, Hellraiser), a fanatical religious group who attack his work, and his girlfriend’s own shocking secret that may destroy their happiness together. Based on the inspiring true story of writer/director Robert Hall, award winning special effects makeup designer whose work includes “Teen Wolf,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2.

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    19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Catching light and life in a bottle November 16, 2005
    Format:DVD
    Lightning Bug is a movie that is painful to watch, but only in a good way. The semi-autobiographical story of Robert Hall himself, this movie follows one young man's journey to find himself and perfect his art as everything around him is in a constant state of flux. However, life is rarely like Hollywood, and Hall makes no attempt to make this story a pat Hollywood `boy saves everyone and himself' story. Still, the characters themselves are very real, and the story is too compelling to rip yourself away from.

    Both Bret Harrison and Laura Prepon give remarkable performances that show their range as actors. The directing and editing make the film fast paced and consuming.

    Still, this isn't a feel good movie. It's someone's like told in naked and brutal detail and that's where the magic of this film lies.

    Recommended.
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    10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    A hopeful future often travels together with the notion of dreams and aspirations. This is often depicted out of the perspective of youth seeking a direction on their journey through life. Often it is a difficult journey, which can even be harder to commence while parents, friends, and other people of various significance begin to affect the decisions of those who are coming of age. Lightening Bug touches on this very theme in a remarkably clever manner, as it deals with a young man's desire to leave his small Alabama home for a better life elsewhere.

    A criminal suggestive opening leads the audience into think of why and who are the people involved in the scene. The identity and motive of the people involved in the wrongdoings are not revealed, but it leaves the audience wondering and thinking. These notions will leave audience's with an ominous sense of forthcoming trouble, but when and where remains unknown until the appropriate moment when the audience least expects it. The audience might have the ability to guess why and who is behind the suggestive opening. However, the director and writer Robert Hall delivers several situations in the film that continue to cloud the audience's judgment and logic to get a clear idea of who and why. This displays that Hall has thoughtfully put together an intriguing story for the audience.

    Shortly after the troubling opening, the audience gets to witness Jenny Graves (Ashley Laurence), who many will recognize from Hellraiser (1987), arrive to Alabama from Detroit with her two sons. Jenny seems to have fled something, which is never revealed, as they arrive to their new home in rural Alabama. In addition, her older son Green wonders if they can go trick or treating, but Jenny informs her son that they have missed Halloween.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper June 24, 2012
    Format:DVD
    This is a movie that I bought based upon the synopsis and reviews by others. What a great find...it never lost my interest for one moment. the acting is top-notch, you hate the villains, and love the victims. The story is very believable and interesting. A lesson for all ..with an attitude of never giving up and the support of great friends, a person can change his life for the better. Give it a "watch"
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning Bug January 31, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    Green Graves only dreams of becoming a special make-up effects artist for the movies, but his dreams are shattered by an abusive stepfather and the disenchanting denizens of his small Southern town. Renown special effects artist Robert Hall delivers this powerful fictionalization of his own childhood experiences in the 2004 drama, LIGHTNING BUG. Hall speaks with raw emotion through his heartfelt characters, painting a tragic true-to-life tale that is equally inspiring. This could not be achieved without the help of his incredible cast, led by Bret Harrison and Kevin Gage. Harrison loses himself in his character, bringing his full range to the role of Green. He could only be overshadowed by Kevin Gage as the monstrous Earl Knight, who presses his terrifying strength and oppressive control over Green and his family. Gage is more frightening in all of his drunken rage than any man or monster in the genre. Laura Prepon, Ashley Laurence, Hal Sparks, and Lucas Till provide stunning support as well, and help to sell the realism of the desperate small town condition. A great debt is also owed to Brandon Trost, Joshua Charson, Rob Prior, and the rest of the talented crew, who make Green's reality our own. LIGHTNING BUG has a reach that expands well beyond the genre, but Horror fans in particular will empathize intimately with Green's personal struggle in an unaccepting society. This is Robert Hall's love letter to movie making, and his own personal masterpiece beyond the realm of make-up and special effects.

    -Carl Manes
    I Like Horror Movies
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Laura Prepon (-: September 12, 2013
    By SR
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    If you're a Laura Prepon fan, ie: Donna from that 70's Show, Alex Vause from OITNB, Hannah from October Road.... then you will want to watch simply for her. Her character doesn't come in for almost the first twenty minutes, but then she has a solid role the remaining 1 hour and 10. No full nudity from her, but there are some steamy worthwhile scenes. She gives a GREAT performance as well. Talented young lady.

    On another note, the film is nice. It is a good story of a talented, kind young man and his struggle with living in poverty and in an abusive home. It is the life story of Robert Hall who has done makeup for Teen Wolf and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is definitely a low-budget feel. There are some heart-tugging moments though. I recommend. Especially to film buffs.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great item, just what I needed.
    Published 1 month ago by Michael L. Wagner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reality is better than gooey monsters
    This is an excellent watch. Robert Hall wrote and directed this flick and it works. Most films that are supposed to be frightening are filled with gooey monsters that are not... Read more
    Published on June 1, 2012 by Joy B.
    2.0 out of 5 stars Nasty
    Truth doesn't necessarily make for a good movie. This movie has a lot of champions. I'm not one of them.

    Here's the scoop. Read more
    Published on September 23, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
    2.0 out of 5 stars A little upset.
    I recieved the dvd within a couple days of ordering it,but when I opened it the button in the case was broken which caused the dvd to be scratched. Read more
    Published on November 5, 2009 by M. Bordo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film -- well worth it.
    Just saw Lightning Bug and wow, it was so much better than I expected. I generally have low expectations of independent films unless they've gotten a lot of buzz. Read more
    Published on September 17, 2008 by Alison Munin
    5.0 out of 5 stars I see demons everywhere!!!
    I just saw this movie and I am still sitting here stunned. I loved this movie. It really brings together who really are the "demons" in one's life. Read more
    Published on January 1, 2007 by Mark
    4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE,I DIDNT EXPECTED!!!
    I just saw this movie .WOW I really liked it, cast they done great job, acting & cast was SUPER!!!!!!!!! Read more
    Published on November 26, 2006 by Benjamin Kidman
    3.0 out of 5 stars A strange but interesting movie
    It's a odd but well done little movie. This young man wants to become a special effects artist. He's very good at making horror masks and scary creatures. Read more
    Published on August 5, 2006 by Wendy Schroeder
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lightning Bug by director Robert Hall
    This movie was filmed close to where I live. I honestly wasn't sure how good it was going to be. I was very suprised. This is an excellent movie! Read more
    Published on July 5, 2006 by Allison L. Cordle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good work Laura,Brett,Lucas
    I rented this movie from my local video store because

    I am a fan of Laura Prepon. Lightning Bug might not have drawn my attention otherwise. Read more
    Published on December 30, 2005 by Mark Burns
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