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Bug 1975 ***

Adapted from the novel The Hepheatsus Plague by Thomas Page, Jeannot Szwarc’s 1975 horror-thriller was good enough to win him the plum job of directing Jaws 2. Bradford Dillman plays James Parmiter, the scientist who stands in the way of a plague of fire-starting cockroaches released into the desert by an earthquake. Horror legend’s William Castle’s final film gives him a screen-writing co-credit, and the cheap thrills with which his name are associated are delivered in large helpings as the bugs attack the innocent bystanders in a small farming community. Making good use of mankind’s natural fear of creepy-crawlies, Bug is a more-than-decent genre entry.

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