The Millennium Bug (2011 film)

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Summary

"What's bugging you?" Vicious hillbillies kidnap a family that has retreated to the mountains to escape the fall of civilization, but neither group is prepared for the monstrous nightmare that erupts from the bowels of the earth.

Details

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  • Release Date: 2011
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Sci-Fi
  • Setting: Cthulhu End Times
  • Runtime: 1 hr 28 min
  • Starring: John Charles Meyer, Jessica Postrozny, Christine Haeberman
  • Director: Kenneth Cran
  • Writer: Kenneth Cran
  • Producer/Production Co: No CGI Films, The Squire Film Shoppe
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: not rated (equivalent to a PG-13 or R for Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, etc.)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

I've not seen this, but would expect the apocalyptic millenarianism combined with the subterranean monster and hillbilly cult to be at least vaguely Lovecraftian.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Michael Allen at 28 Days Later Analysis (6.5/10) - (link) - "Overall this film left this reviewer with a good impression regarding the entertainment factor for The Millenium Bug, especially in the final frames. The writing could have been strengthened with more well written dialogue."
  • James Byron at Cinema Head Cheese - (link) - " I am impressed. And thank god, every Hollywood cliché was not in this film. They made this film by their own rules and there are plenty of surprises you won’t see coming."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1/5 Stars) - (link) - "Cran drags us into what starts out seeming like a Backwoods Brutality film and then part way through does a switch that turns everything into a monster movie. Perhaps a more honest version of the title would have been to pitch it as one of the contemporary ‘versus’ films – Hillbillies vs Giant Monster or some such."
  • Frank Veenstra at BobaFett1138 - (link) - "Because it's trying to do so many, very different, things, the movie will have a hard time keeping your interest and it actually causes the movie to feel overlong, even though the movie is actually under 90 minutes short."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Vicious hillbillies kidnap a family that has retreated to the mountains to escape the fall of civilization, but neither group is prepared for the monstrous nightmare that erupts from the bowels of the earth.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The "millennium bug", or "Y2K bug", was a problem some computers manufactured before the year 2000 had with reading dates over 1999; it was expected that when the year 2000 came and/or went, computers would fail to turn over the date correctly, either freezing government and banking computers and the like, or restart them from a year earlier in the 20th century, potentially resulting in the collapse of governments, failure of banks, destruction of economies, rioting in the streets, etc., prompting survivalist groups to plan for their escape from cities to live off-grid in the wilderness to wait for society to rebuild itself. Most key computers affected by the bug were quietly and successfully updated before the end of the millennium, which came and went without trouble.


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