BUGS: A Trilogy, A. Disturbing, Drama, Suspense
Director: Simone Kisiel
Writer: Alexandra Grunberg
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr, 6 min
A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor’s orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS. On their own, spiders, parasites, and bedbugs hold their own private horror for those who are beset by the quiet scuttles and slurps of inhuman creatures. But for Diane, Hannah, and Elena, three varied yet eerily similar women, these bugs represent the larger horrors of paranoia, helplessness, and abandonment. The Bugs Trilogy explores the inequality of the watcher and ward, relationships between mothers and their children, and the measures we are willing to take to protect ourselves from dangers we do not want to comprehend.
BUGS: A Trilogy is Directed by Simone Kisiel. Written by Alexandra Grunberg. Produced by Magic Dog Productions. A release date is not yet announced.
Julia Beach – Mom
Marissa Carpio – Dr. Gillespie
Joe Cilio – Delivery Man
Kobi Frumer – Elliot
Alexandra Grunberg – Hannah
Malcolm Mills – Very Sick Man
Nikita Tewani – Kelly
BUGS: A Trilogy focuses on three tales with insects:
Hatchling tells the story of Diane, a babysitter who is caring for Eillot, a young man, while his mother takes time to recuperate. However, Diane soon learns that Elliot is not the easiest boy to babysit, as he makes things complicated for her.
Parasite tells the story of Hannah, who is suffering from a stomach illness, and she doesn’t know what is causing it. She soon learns what is causing her relentless pain.
Bed Bugs tells the story of Elena, who is having trouble sleeping. She suffers, not only bad dreams and hallucinations but also bites on her body from an unknown source. She suspects bed bugs, however, no one believes her until it’s too late.
2. BUGS: A Trilogy Impressions
BUGS: A Trilogy, although ties in with other like-minded films, has a plot that is solid and original. Each tale focuses on a certain insect that can be the center of nightmares. Viewed in the teaser trailers in the Trailer First Impressions, you see clips of spiders, bedbugs, and parasites, all of which can be deadly.
Related Article: Trailer First Impressions
The cast performances are of decent quality. The leading character, who is present in each tale, does a great job at her roles. She portrays a mix of disorders, including fear, hysteria, sleeping disorder, and psychological disorders. These interwoven in each tale and are the backbone of the story building. This is a great approach. Having these disorders as the building blocks to create these tales sets this production apart from the rest.
Practical and special effects well done from the progression of the illnesses to the dramatic effects of the violence. Makeup articulated well. Scenes of the spiders, parasites, and bedbugs are disturbing, and, interesting. It feels like clips from The Animal Kingdom interweave. This gives the film a sense of authenticity and further builds the intensity.
Insects have been a terrifying central theme in Horror cinema for many years. Films such as Arachnophobia (Frank Marshall, 1990), Mosquito (Gary Jones,1994), and The Bees (Alfredo Zacarías, 1978). Even over dramatized Creature Features, such as Eight Legged Freaks (Ellory Elkayem, 2002) and Big Ass Spider! (Mike Mendez, 2013).
Insects are as big a fear as Clowns. To see them on the screen in this light brings about a sensitive subject for the audience who suffers from such fears. That’s why these films are a success in the Indie scene. What also stands out with BUGS: A Trilogy is that is it directed and produced by a woman. Simone Kisiel is the owner of Magic Dog Productions. Other films produced by this company is A Slaying Song Tonight, No Peeking Cindy, Housed, and Death Of A Vacuum, some of which have done well in the film festival circuit.
The background score in the film adds intensity and gives the viewer a rush of adrenaline. Whether it’s the dramatic theatrical sounds or the soft, eerie melody, the score prepares the viewer for what will happen. Even with this indicator, some scenes can’t predict and delivers a surprise or shock.
1. In Conclusion
BUGS: A Trilogy is an anthology of terror filled with disturbing creepy crawlies. Bringing a well-known fear that many people suffer from to the screen. This to be unnerving in a good way. The film aims to surprise and shock the viewer, and some scenes complete this task.
Directors and filmmakers are introducing more anthology films to the scene because a lot of them are great. Who doesn’t like a good story time? Horror anthologies have been around for decades, but some notable ones are Michael Dougherty‘s Trick R Treat, the V/H/S trilogy, and George A. Romero ‘s Creepshow. These among many others.
Horror cinema is about bringing horrors and fears to life. I’ve mentioned countless times while in conversation with others that Horror is like a history lesson. If it doesn’t shock you and make you think, then it’s not a successful production. Director Simone Kisiel succeeds at shocking her audience and making you think. This production fits well with these aforementioned films and can take its place as being an iconic film in Horror Anthology cinema.