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Lightning Bug

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A drama/thriller, set in the south, about a young boy who longs to escape the misery of his childhood and the misunderstanding of his hometown. A gifted, self-taught, special effects make up artist, Green dreams of going to Hollywood to make his own monsters. But the real demons of Green's life threaten to hold him back: a drunken stepfather who terrorizes his mother, a group of religious fanatics who want to destroy his work, and the love of a girl who can't let go of small town life.

Special Features

  • Director and cast commentary
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • Kevin Kinney music video
  • Still gallery
  • Featurette: "Luciferin: The Making of Lightning Bug"

Product Details

  • Actors: Bret Harrison, Laura Prepon, Kevin Gage, Ashley Laurence, Shannon Eubanks
  • Directors: Robert Hall
  • Writers: Robert Hall
  • Producers: Laura Prepon, Robert Hall, Kevin Bocarde, Lisa Waugh
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009PVZHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lightning Bug" on IMDb

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on 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.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Swederunner on August 19, 2005
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 By Beverly A. Roark on June 24, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a movie that I bought based upon the synopsis and reviews by others. What a great 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 By Carl Manes on 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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By William D Watkins on November 8, 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a great movie. I rented it many years ago and have been looking for a copy ever since. For those of us who grew up watching horror movies on VHS and making home-made special effects, this movie reminds me of how it felt to try to explain that passion to someone who didn't get it. It's also got a very real and scary view of how people react to things they don't understand with fear. The cast is wonderful, great story, just an all around good movie that many people have never heard of. I didn't realize until I bought it, that it's based on the director's real life. Well worth watching.
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