Lightning Bug (film)

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Lightning Bug
Directed by Robert Hall
Produced by Lisa Waugh
Written by Robert Hall
Starring Bret Harrison
Laura Prepon
Kevin Gage
Ashley Laurence
Music by Jason M. Hall
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Edited by Joshua Charson
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date
  • April 9, 2004 (2004-04-09) (Philadelphia International Film Festival)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lightning Bug is a 2004 coming of age drama film. It is the debut film by writer/director Robert Green Hall, an SFX makeup artist known primarily for his work on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the films, Laid to Rest and its sequel, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.

It is a fictionalized account of Hall's own childhood and entry into special effects makeup for film and television. It was executive produced by Laura Prepon as a way to expand her image as an actress beyond her role on That '70s Show.

It was filmed on location Fairview, Alabama.


Single mother Jenny Graves (Ashley Laurence) decides to restart her deadend life by moving out of Detroit and taking her two sons Green (Bret Harrison) and Jay (Lucas Till) to small rural town in Alabama. Green is fan of horror films, more specifically the makeup effects used to bring them to life. He meets a pair of affable locals, Tony Bennet and Billy Martin (Jonathan Spencer and George Faughnan).

However, his mother's penchant for getting involved with the wrong type of men brings a very human monster into his life, Earl Knight (Kevin Gage).

Taking some horror films back to the video store, he meets Angevin Duvet (Laura Prepon) who shares both his interest in the horror genre and fish-out-of-water status in the small town. Smart, funny and a sexy Goth girl he is instantly smitten. However, there are hints that there are some troubling aspects to her past.

Green approaches the local business man, Tightwiler (Bob Penny), who runs a yearly haunted house and by startling him with one of his creations nabs the job of creating this year's haunted house. With his share of the ticket sales, he and Angevin can move to Hollywood to pursue their dreams. However, this puts him on a direct collision course with Angenvin's mother, a deeply religious woman involved with local Holy Calling of the Southern Saints church.


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