Bug (1975 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Produced by William Castle
Written by William Castle
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 dates
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, starring Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, and Richard Gilliland. It was directed by Jeannot Szwarc and written by William Castle and Thomas Page, from Page's 1973 novel The Hephaestus Plague. It was the last film Castle was involved in before his death.[1]


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 Prof. James Parmiter (Dillman) keeps one alive in a pressure chamber. He successfully breeds the cockroach with a modern bug creating a breed of intelligent, flying super-bugs.



  1. ^ This Month in Horror: June 1975

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