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The Satan Bug

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The Satan Bug (1965) is a science fiction film in which a US government germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the germs has been released and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.

Reviews

A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.

excellent 60's glossy thriller

The first half of this movie is really great. The mood is ominous and intercuts between the good and bad guys in a way that keeps us just slightly ahead of the characters in the movie if we watch closely.

The production is not quite top-drawer, but the sets and locations are attractive and interesting, and the main cast members are solid. (I have fond memories of Anne Francis as a kid, and she still looks good to me. Maharis is cool and clever, and Basehart actually does a solid job. The sad thing is that Dana Andrews, who was a really first-class talent in his younger days, just walks through this picture; fortunately he's not onscreen very much.) The tension isn't maintained through the entire movie, but the pacing is. The showdown at the end is pretty weak.

Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The laser disc version that I just saw was very clean.

Better than I expected and as good as anything recent.

From the outstandingly sterile germ warfare facility to the stunning natural beauty of what is called the desert, this is an amazing film on many levels. I had expected it to be another simplistic view in the litany of 60s anti-war statement films, but it is not that, yet it makes the case for non-development of biological weapons more clearly than any of those over-the-top and jingoistic propaganda films do. And to make it all better, it comes with a thrilling plot, excellent cast and direction, suspenseful music score. I would have rated it a 10 but for the unlikeliness of some major plot directions, still they are handled in a manner that makes them possibilities if yet improbable. A great one to view alongside Andromeda Strain.

 

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