Directed by Kenneth Cran
Written by Kenneth Cran
Starring John Charles Meyer, Jessica Simons, Christine Haeberman, John Briddell, Ken McFarlane
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THE MILLENIUM BUG plays out like a love song to all of the horror films we all grew up watching. There’s a dash of GODZILLA, a sprinkle of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, and hell, even a bit of JURASSIC PARK mixed in. The folks behind this film seem to be fans of the genre and it shows in every frame. To top it all off, not an ounce of CGI is used in this film. Everything you see is hand made and happening in the frame…at least that what the makers of this film boast. Now, I’m sure that what they mean is that the monsters in this film are old school. That’s right it’s a man in a suit, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it may have you youngsters used to your green screen computer monsters rolling your eyes a bit. I guess I’m showing my age that I enjoyed the hell out of this film, mostly for the heart behind it and the dedication to making an old school horror romp.
The story of THE MILLENIUM BUG isn’t going to leave many scratching their heads. There’s a hillbilly family living in the woods who have inbred so much that all of their kids come out mutated or dead, so they set out to find some fresh meat for breeding. Along comes a vacationing family who are unlucky enough to run into the hillbillies and…well, you know what happens.
Or maybe you don’t. You see, this film is set during December 31, 1999–the last day of the millennium, when Y2K was a fear on everyone’s minds. On top of all of the breeding and threats of the world ending at the stroke of midnight, there’s a giant monster in a hole in the middle of the woods that comes out to mate every 100 years (yes, it’s a bit of a coincidence, but hell, let’s roll with it for the sake of fun). Soon the inbreds, the vacationing family, a crypto-zoologist, and a bug the size of Mothra collide in a climax that leaves no one left standing or not splattered with blood, gore, grue, and goo.
The best part of THE MILLEMIUM BUG is that it relishes in the real effects made famous by Tom Savini, Rick Baker, and Rob Bottin and also the rubber suited monster fiascos starring Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan. Fake heads are really whacked with axes. Giant monsters smash through mini replicas of barns and trees. Plus we get to witness an extremely gross third nipple! So there’s that.
Acting: spotty. Story: a bit lacking and owing a lot to the inbred families we’ve seen before in TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, WRONG TURN, and a million others. But to me, none of that matters. I can’t help but get behind this film for the special effects above all else. Find out more about THE MILLENIUM BUG on Facebook and its website.