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BUG BUSTER
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Lorenzo Doumani

Starring:
Katherine Heigl
David Lipper
Randy Quaid

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
When Shannon Griffin and her bizarro parents move from the quiet, mountainside town of Mountview, something buggy begins to happen. It seems that some odd little insects are out for blood and more.
Is it good movie?
I love bug movies. Spiders, cockroaches, ants, whatever… I dig them and I don’t care whether they’re big or small or monstrously huge. Insects are good creepy fun. So what the hell happened with Bug Buster? And what the hell is a dude with Randy Quaid’s talent doing in this mess? First off, I had many problems with this film. But most notably was the tedious nature. There are several sequences that are repeated often in the film. This includes a nightmare where pretty Katherine Heigl is lying in bed while a bunch of cockroaches crawl all over her. And if that isn’t enough bugs for you, we get the insects crawling out of the lake shot, also way too many times. And with further embarrassment to Randy Quaid, we see his damn “General George” commercial. If you remember John Goodman in Arachnophobia, then you will realize what fun could have been had with this character. The sense of déjà vu here is astounding. Even with the padding in the script, this seemed like a long and torturous movie.

With this infested script written by Malick Khoury, I must give props to the actors on board. Most of them seemed to be in on the joke. I especially enjoyed Ms. Heigl who is very likable as the lead damsel in distress and David Lipper as her knight in shining armor. We also get a few chuckles with George Takei and Meredith Salenger. The actors are not the problem here. This is a slow paced and overly long film which should have been at least fun. Director Lorenzo Doumani plays strictly by the numbers with Khoury’s script. And for the sake of self-referential, there are continued nods to other, better horror films including JAWS and even Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street. The horror and comedy in Bug Busters seem to be hammered down upon the viewer’s head just like Leatherface did to that poor dude in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You see what I did there? Just because you mention another, better film, it won’t elevate what you have. And don’t even get me started on the ridiculous final conflict scene. I’d rather have to deal with a horde of real live cockroaches than watch that again.
Video / Audio
Video: The full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio looks pretty good considering the movie that is offered.

Audio: The Dolby Digital also sounds good for all those creepy crawlies. Turn the sound down and just listen to that and you might get more creeped out than watching the movie itself.
The Extras
What extras? You get a Synopsis of the film… I’m sorry, did I just say synopsis? Yep folks, you can click on this feature and read what the movie is about. That feature ain’t all that special.

Finishing off the disc are Trailers for “Bug Buster” (2:06), “Follow Your Heart” (2:49), “The Misery Brothers” (2:10) and “Knockout” (2:12).
Last Call
Bug Buster is a tedious exercise in filmmaking that claims itself to be a comedy/horror film. With that said, the comedy is non-existent and the horror is pretty horrible. The cast do the best they can and seem to be in on the joke… Hell, they probably had a blast making this film. But with recycled scenes of bugs crawling out of a lake and the most repetitive nightmare I’ve seen on film, there is nothing particularly creepy or funny here. Okay, I’ll bite… the only thing that should be exterminated here is this DVD.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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