Trailer Blazer: 'Bug'

11183__judd_lVery occasionally, you’ll see a play (we could stop the sentence right there) that succeeds largely because of its open embrace of cinematic influences. Such a play was Bug, the 2004 Off Broadway skin-crawling sensation by Tracy Letts. Now this simple story of a woman, a man, a motel room, and an infestation of paranoia is following its genre-film roots right back to the source: It’s now a Lionsgate horror flick starring Ashley Judd.

Much of the claustrophobic thrill of Bug came from seeing it live, in a musty old theater, with nowhere to run. (The producers wisely never attempted a move to a larger house.) The frisson of bloody, big-screen indie-horror conventions presented in a scaled-down live staging gave the story the seedy matinee texture it needed to succeed. Will Bug work as straight screen horror? As a yarn, it’s well-written, but maybe a little familiar. Michael Shannon certainly gives good crazy. And Ashley Judd looks nicely dented as a recovering meth-head emerging from a bad marriage… into something perhaps unimaginably worse.

What do you think? Did anyone see the show? You scared? Reaching for the Raid? (Sept. 22)


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  • Silas Bent

    I thought this was Ashley’s Oscar bait, uglying up for awards season to win an Academy Award. I know people take issue with her, but she has been one of my favorites since she was on “Sisters” and guest starred on “Star Trek.” She is hot, she can actually act, and she deserves career resuscitation and prestige. Please stop making crap, Ms. Judd.

  • EO

    Ashley looks nice with hair.
    The trailer makes it seem real intense, but is Friedkin not over-the-hill?

  • Erin

    I’ve seen the show. It was excellent. Although, I can’t really see right now how it’s going to translate to the big screen.

  • Wendy

    I’m not a horror fan, but I’ll be seeing this one because I’m a fan of Harry Connick, Jr. and I’m eager to see him do a darker, meaner character… He plays Judd’s ex-husband and I’ll probably watch it with half my eyes covered, but the trailer is good at least. It makes me curious without ruining the story (for those of us who never saw the play).

  • Mericat

    The thing is, Bug the play was black humor. If they play it as straight horror/tragedy, it will sting. We’ll be able to tell very early on by whether we laugh at Judd’s character’s pathetic looseriness or if they expect us to cheer her “brave struggle”.

  • dibo

    you totally deleted the mystery picture entry from yesterday… who was it, what happenned, why no updates? This is fishier than the Project Runway decision making process.

  • efram

    Television advertisers are the world’s new Anti-Christs. American media is a vision of Hell. That includes the Tools who run junk rags such as this

  • Catty Canuck

    You go efram! So tell me – who was the old Antichrist?

  • Catty Canuck

    I mean besides Tom Cruise . . .

  • Catty Canuck

    His dead eyes scare me . . .

  • Dylan

    I too have adored Ashley since “Sisters” and would love for to get bigger and better roles. I thought this was a drama though. I had no idea it was a horror film. I need to check out the trailer.

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  • Amber

    I just watched this on DVD the other night. My husband and I watch alot of movies and he is picky about the movies that he considers “good” and this one we both agree is excellent.

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