BUGS: A Trilogy, Magic Dog Productions Presents An Anthology of Terror
Director: Simone Kisiel
Writer: Alexandra Grunberg
Release Date: TBA
Release Format: TBA
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr, 5 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 in production. Directed by Simone Kisiel. The script is penned by Alexandra Grunberg. Produced by Magic Dog Productions.
Elliot is a little gentleman. Smart, obedient, quiet. It should not be difficult for Diane to take care of him while his mother is recuperating. But Elliot has a knack for making Diane’s job difficult. He does not want to share snacks. He does not want to eat the food she makes. He does not want to get ready bed. He has creative ideas about the purpose of Raid. And he thinks a knife is an appropriate to tool to pack for a sleepover. Diane has her hands full with Elliot. And at the end of the day, she still has to deal with what might be hidden under his bed.
Hannah is sick. Her doctor won’t listen to her concerns. Her mother won’t call her back. There is something terribly wrong happening inside her. She is alone in her apartment, helpless, struggling with an internal horror that leaves her in pain, embarrassed, and constantly in the bathroom. As the symptoms continue to worsen, Hannah begins to wonder if all these treatments designed to cure her might in fact be the cause. How long will it take before Hannah realizes that she is the only one who can help her get better? And what will happen if the help comes too late?
Elena is being terrorized at nights. Little bites appear on her skin from bugs she cannot find. Her roommate does not have time to deal with this problem. Her mother refuses to believe that the problem even exists. And even if there are bedbugs, they are just bugs. So why is Elena getting so upset? Perhaps the reactions remind her of another time she was abandoned by those she trusted. Perhaps it has something to do with the dark force that will not let her sleep, that finds her when she is alone, and brings with it a trauma Elena does not want to remember. But as she tries to ignore the shadowy figure, reality and memory begin to blur until she is forced to confront her past.
Four teaser trailers are presented for BUGS: A Trilogy. Each one more mysterious and suspenseful. Bug phobias, also known as Entomophobia, are real, and these teaser trailers highlight why fears of bugs can be extreme. Insects have been infesting Horror cinema for decades, and each production gets more awkward than the last.
Myself, having a fear of spiders, I jumped when one of the first clips on the teaser trailer showed a glimpse of a spider. I’ve had this fear ever since watching Arachnophobia (Frank Marshall, 1990). The clips are disturbing but exciting. I look forward to the film.
BUGS looks like a solid production based on the synopsis and teaser trailers alone. The clips of the trailers provide enough suspense for the audience to become excited about the film.