Bug (Jeannot Szwarc, 1975)

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Bug is a cautionary tale about a swarm of “firebugs” – impossibly ancient subterranean insects that digest carbon ash and can set things on fire – unleashed on a California desert town by an earthquake. With its loosely hinged bipartite structure, Bug feels like Castle’s attempt to stitch together commercially successful subgenres – part disaster film, part mad scientist movie – into one ungainly whole, resulting in a somewhat shambling Frankenstein’s monster of a movie.”

Read my entire piece on the William Castle-scripted Bug, in which prehistoric cockroaches can fart fire, over at Not Coming to a Theater Near You.

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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