Saturday, December 8, 2012

2006 - BUG, horror film from Friedkin,


You get what you get from a film directed by bad boy William Friedkin.  Bug has something to do with everyone's favorite character the "deranged war veteran" hooking up with a white trash waitress working at a southwestern lesbian bar.  The film evolves into a horror/black comedy as the crazed veteran projects his nutty vision that aphids planted by the United States government are crawling around inside him.  Eventually the waitress ends up acting as crazy as he is.

Friedkin has seemed to find his soul mate in the playwright and screenwriter Tracy Letts who takes an already crazed situation and ramps it up with lots of loony theories about the government, lesbian girlfriends, cocaine and a crappy southwest motel setting that wouldn't have been out of place in Hitchcock's Psycho.


The picture above gives you an idea of what you're getting in for when you watch this film.  I suppose if you are in the mood for one of these extreme films where the director lards on the violence, crazy dialog and over the top performances you can get a kick out of this film.  I wasn't in the mood this time. 

Since the commercial success of the Exorcist, Friedkin has seemed to think that these over the top stories have a potential for commercial success.  On the other hand maybe Friedkin is just attracted to this type of material.  Who knows, who cares.

102 minutes

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