Release dateJune 17, 1975 (1975-06-17) Based onThe Hephaestus Plague
by Thomas Page WriterThomas Page (novel), William Castle (screenplay), Thomas Page (screenplay) ScreenplayWilliam Castle, Thomas Page CastBradford Dillman (Prof. James Parmiter), Joanna Miles (Carrie Parmiter), Richard Gilliland (Gerald Metbaum), Jamie Smith-Jackson (Norma Tacker), Alan Fudge (Prof. Mark Ross), Jesse Vint (Tom Tacker) Similar moviesSan Andreas, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, Self/less, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blackhat
TaglineOut of the worst nightmare!
Bug is a 1975 American horror film in Panavision, 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. 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 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.
Bradford Dillman as Prof. James Parmiter
Joanna Miles as Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland as Gerald Metbaum
Jamie Smith-Jackson as Norma Tacker
Alan Fudge as Prof. Mark Ross
Jesse Vint as Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack as Sylvia Ross
Brendan Dillon as Charlie
Frederic Downs as Henry Tacker
James Greene as Reverend Kern
Jim Poyner as Kenny Tacker
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. Aside from paint, the kitchen set was otherwise unaltered.