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An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 204939595
UPC 031398218012
UPC 14 00031398218012
Format DVD
Release Date 5/13/2008
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Ashley Judd stars as a lonely waitress in this study in fear and paranoia from director William Friedkin. Aggie lives a largely solitary life in Oklahoma, haunted by a sad past and hounded by her ex-con ex-husband (Harry Connick, Jr., WILL & GRACE). When a female friend and occasional lover introduces Aggie to Peter (Michael Shannon, WORLD TRADE CENTER), it seems she has found her match. The pair enters into a cautious romance, but their dark natures fuel more than just passion. Peter reveals that he was a victim of government experimentation that left blood-hungry aphids crawling under his skin, and the couple begins to obsess over the idea that they could be infected by the insects.^Based on Tracy Letts's play, BUG is an effective psychological thriller that gets under the audience's skin. Though the film never takes advantage of the freedom of the screen versus the confines of the stage, setting the action almost entirely within the walls of Aggie's hotel room evokes a claustrophobic feeling. Shannon deftly reprises his role from the stage play with a squirm-inducing mass of tics and twitches, but it's Judd who deserves the bulk of the praise. With her role as Aggie, she leaves behind roles such as the romantic comedy lead of SOMEONE LIKE YOU or the revenge-seeking heroine of DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Instead, she's alternately proud and insecure, fully immersing herself in the part of a woman unlike anyone she has played before. Though Friedkin helmed two of the most notable films of the 1970s with THE EXORCIST and THE FRENCH CONNECTION, he hasn't directed many critical successes since. But with its similarities to the moody work of Roman Polanski, this film could represent a return to form for the veteran director.
New York Times "BUG builds momentum from Michael Grady's agitated camera movements and Ms. Judd's increasingly distressed face....Ms. Judd has never been more believable as a woman condemned to attract the wrong kind of man." 05/25/2007 p.E22
Entertainment Weekly "[Shannon] originated the role on the stage. And it's difficult to imagine anyone else playing the part, so authoritative is his access to every twitch of Peter's growing mania." 06/01/2007 p.50
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Friedkin's direction is fluid...and Judd's performance is her best since 1993's breakout with RUBY IN PARADISE." 09/28/2007 p.3E
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]irector William Friedkin's unsettling film shares more than a pinch of THE EXORCIST's ability to get under the skin." 01/01/2008 p.64
William Friedkin
Ashley Judd
Harry Connick
Michael Shannon
Cast & Crew
Ashley Judd - Actor
Brian Tyler - Original Music By
Darrin Navarro - Editor
Franco-Giacomo Carbone - Production Designer
Frank Zito - Art Director
Harry Connick, Jr. - Actor
Jim Seibel - Executive Producer
Lynn Collins - Actor
Michael Burns - Producer
Michael Grady - Cinematographer
Michael Shannon - Actor
Tracy Letts - Writer
William Friedkin - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 21801
UPC 00031398218012
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Winner (2006) Venice Film Festival, William Friedkin, FIPRESCI Prize
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Calling Bug a "horror" film may be misleading. Although the movie includes some of the trappings genre fans would expect - including a moment of gore that will cause some viewers to turn away from the screen - it's more of a psychological drama. It's also very strange, although I suppose that's only to be expected considering that the film is adapted from a play about two characters who spend most of their time inside a motel room feeding off each other's paranoid delusions...Bug is creepy and hard to dismiss, but it's not a lot of fun and its weaknesses leave a bitter aftertaste...There's no doubt that Bug is intense. It's a fairly nightmarish experience, complete with a scene of self-administered dental care that squeamish viewers will not be able to endure...Yet, for all that the movie is harrowing, it's not entirely successful. After a well-constructed first act, the story becomes a little tiresome and repetitive and the characters, who are will defined to begin with, stray ever closer to the edge of overwrought one-dimensionality. There's something to be said for a movie that is this far from the mainstream; it is not uninteresting. However, the size of the audience that will take away something meaningful from Bug is small. The movie is as difficult to like as it is to turn away from.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Understandably nervous about Bug's commercial prospects, the marketing honchos at Lionsgate Films are selling William Friedkin's adaptation of Tracy Letts' Off-Broadway play as a horror film, "from the director of The Exorcist." Truth be told, this viscerally charged psychodrama/pitch-black comedy is far more nightmarish than any supernatural thriller, for it depicts a couple's free-fall into paranoia with unrelenting, raw-boned intensity that's difficult to watch. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon give startling, nakedly vulnerable performances as the couple, two lost souls whose bond, forged of loneliness and hurt, gradually turns toxic in Bug...Tautly directed by Friedkin, who hasn't made a film this compelling since The Exorcist, Bug is unquestionably a harrowing, at times grueling film. If Letts' "white trash Gothic" amalgam of Days of Wine and Roses and sci-fi, conspiracy theory elements doesn't completely transcend its obvious theatrical origins, and suffers from choppy, overly abrupt transitions, particularly with regard to Agnes' joining Peter in his doomed insect extermination mission, Bug nevertheless holds you in its disturbing grip until the genuinely shocking denouement.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Judd,Ashley
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle A triumph for Judd and the director.
Richard Schickel, Time Very possibly William Friedkin's best movie. A stunning performance by Ashley Judd!
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek...searingly intense...
Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald One of the most disturbing horror movies imaginable.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe Engrossingly manic version of Tracy Letts's great stage play.

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