Fried­kin’s in­fes­ta­tion

BUG Di­rected by William Fried­kin. Star­ring Ash­ley Judd, Harry Con­nick Jr, Michael Shan­non, Lynn Collins, Brian F O’Byrne

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18 cert Para­noia is ram­pant in Bug, based on a Tracy Letts play and mark­ing a re­turn to form for Fried­kin, who has fallen far from his early 1970s hey­day with The French Con­nec­tion and The Ex­or­cist. Bug (which goes di­rectly to DVD here) is much more mod­est than ei­ther, and though it mostly takes place in the same mo­tel, Fried­kin’s cin­e­matic treat­ment dis­guises its stage ori­gins.

Judd en­gag­ingly plays a bar worker trau­ma­tised by the dis­ap­pear­ance of her young son and fear­ing the re­turn of her vi­o­lent hus­band (mus­cle­bound Con­nick Jr). A les­bian co-worker (Lynn Collins) in­tro­duces her to a drifter (scen­estealer Shan­non), a Gulf War vet steeped in con­spir­acy the­o­ries and con­vinced that the mo­tel is in­fested with in­sects.

As sin­is­ter Dr Sweet, Brian F O’Byrne com­pletes the com­pact cast in Fried­kin’s neat genre ex­er­cise, which goes wildly over the top, as it has to, for its deliri­ous finale.

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