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The Almanac of Terror mixes and aggregates different statistics on horror and horror-adjacent movies. Most of the lists included in this book are sorted according to their overall score.

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Bug

An unhinged man holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky motel room.

 

United States
Germany
2006
Feature Film
Realism: 
Surreal
Insects: 
Imaginary
Trickster: 
Impostor
Catastrophes: 
Earthquake
Infestation
Object: 
Drug
6
Stop scratching yourself!
6
6
8
7.04
2
2
3
Performances
Editing
Dialogue
This little gem mostly takes place in one location and has a limited cast. Two lead actors and a handful of supporting ones is all we need. It is directed by the excellent William Friedkin who gave us The Exorcist, 33 years prior. The man hasn’t lost his touch. In Bug, he explores the darkest implications of mental illness and the consequences of mass hysteria.
Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon are both tragic characters who should’ve never met. They’re severely unstable human beings who spend most of their time having dark conversations that insidiously spiral into chaos and confusion. At first, they have sex with each other, but that doesn’t last. They soon start seeing bugs everywhere, or is that the drugs kicking in?
The situation becomes so ridiculous, by the third act, that we’re not sure if we should cry or laugh. We, the audience, are never excluded from the protagonists’ hallucinations. Things don’t exactly add up for us either. This is a sad story and, as surreal as it may be, it is the reality of junkies everywhere. Bug, based on a play, perfectly translates to screen.
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