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An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James Parmiter, however, reveal an intent with much more far-reaching consequences.
They Look Like Rocks...Possess A High Intelligence...Have No Eyes...And Eat Ashes...They Travel In Your Car Exhaust...They Make Fire...They Kill.
Also Known As:
The Hephaestus Plague
Release Date: June 06, 1975
Runtime: 99 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 4.7
Buried.com Rating: 5.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: PG
Bradford Dillman ...Prof. James Parmiter
Joanna Miles ...Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland ...Gerald Metbaum
Jamie Smith Jackson ...Norma Tacker (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
Alan Fudge ...Prof. Mark Ross
Jesse Vint ...Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack ...Sylvia Ross
Brendan Dillon ...Charlie
Frederic Downs ...Henry Tacker (as Fred Downs)
James Greene ...Reverend Kern
Jim Poyner ...Kenny Tacker
Sam Jarvis ...Taxi Driver
Bard Stevens ...Security Guard
William Castle ...
Karoly Fogassy ...Preacher at Funeral
More Movie Taglines:
- They Look Like Rocks...Possess A High Intelligence...Have No Eyes...And Eat Ashes...They Travel In Your Car Exhaust...They Make Fire...They Kill.
- The Picture You See With Your Eyes Closed.
- Out of the worst nightmare!
- The set used for the Partmiter home, where 'Joanna Miles' 's character has her head set ablaze by a "bug" on the phone receiver, was the same set at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as the one used for the interior of the Brady home in ABC-TV's "The Brady Bunch" (1969). Due to very poor ratings, the series had been canceled in 1974, a few months before filming on this film began. Since this film's release in 1975, "The Brady Bunch" became a ubiquitous hit in syndication, and the set has become easily recognizable to several generations of classic TV watchers, even though the set was altered for use in this film.
Most of the cockroach models used in this production were made by Karoly Fogassy, whose day job was a Technical Illustrator at the University of California at Riverside. For years afterward, visitors to his studio on campus were treated to the stares of the creepy bugs.
This was the last film William Castle worked on.
Castle wanted as a "gimmick" to install brushes near the seats that would rub against theater patrons legs to simulate bugs crawling but it was turned down.
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