On October 4-7, 2018, the Women in Horror Film Festival will invade Peachtree City, Georgia, and this week, they’ve announced their first world premiere of the festival. It’s called BUGS: A Trilogy, and it’s one seriously creepy anthology film.
Written by Alexandra Grunberg and directed by Simone Kisiel, the anthology presents three separate tales filled with enough creepy crawly insects to make even the most die hard horror fan squeamish.
“I believe that film is a medium through which an artist can use comedy or scares to not only entertain and provide an escape, but to also spur critical thought in the audience,” director Kisiel says in a press release. “BUGS: A Trilogy presents female issues, horrific fictional examples of a very real oppression in modern American society in a genre that is widely enjoyed and watched by a range of audiences.”
From the official synopsis:
“On their own, spiders, parasites, and bedbugs hold their own private horror for those who are beset by the quiet scuttles and slurps of inhuman creatures. But for Diane, Hannah, and Elena, three varied yet eerily similar women, these bugs represent the larger horrors of paranoia, helplessness, and abandonment.”
The film addresses these issues beautifully, and each segment and its accompanying insects and arachnids dives deep to horrify while spotlighting relevant issues without ever becoming too heavy-handed.
In “Hatchling”, a woman named Diane has taken in her nephew whose mother cannot care for him. The boy is paranoid, however, and as night draws near and bedtime looms, his paranoia takes a murderous turn. Could it be that he sees something the rest of us do not?
Next up is “Parasite”, in which a woman named Hannah is concerned about her failing health even in the face of both her mother’s and doctor’s dismissal of her symptoms. Her pills seem to make the symptoms worse, rather than better, and their violent side effects are getting worse by the day.
Finally, in “Bed Bugs”, Elena is certain that she has a serious infestation of bed bugs in her apartment despite her roommate and mother discounting her proof. The more sores and bites she finds on her body, the less they believe that bugs are her problem. In fact, it begins to look like an older trauma might have resurfaced.
There’s no doubt that the film will be an audience favorite in Georgia this October as the Women in Horror Film Festival gets underway. For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets, you can visit their official website here.