Bug (1975 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Produced by William Castle
Written by William Castle
Thomas Page
Based on The Hephaestus Plague
(1973 novel)
by Thomas Page
Starring Bradford Dillman
Joanna Miles
Alan Fudge
Music by Charles Fox
Cinematography Michel Hugo
Edited by Allan Jacobs
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
June 17, 1975 (1975-06-17)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,602,023

Bug is a 1975 American horror film in Panavision, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and written by William Castle and Thomas Page, from Page's novel The Hephaestus Plague (1973). It was the last film Castle was involved in before his death.[1] The film starred Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles and Richard Gilliland.


An earthquake releases a bunch of mutant cockroaches that can create fire by rubbing their cerci together. Eventually most of the bugs die because they cannot survive in the low air pressure on the Earth's surface, but a scientist, Professor James Parmiter (Dillman), keeps one alive in a pressure chamber. He successfully breeds the mutant cockroach with a modern cockroach, creating a breed of intelligent, flying super-cockroaches.



The living room and kitchen sets from The Brady Bunch were reused in this film, although the living room set was rearranged slightly to a smaller footprint.[2][better source needed] Aside from a paint job, the kitchen set was otherwise unaltered.

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