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Troma's 1997 Bugged!

It’s one thing to know stuff about yourself without really acknowledging what that stuff is. Like being told a particular pair of jeans makes your ass look fat but not believing the reality of it until it slaps you in the face because your ex best bud posted a picture of it all over Facebook. And as you feel your reality shift, blue skies suddenly turn black and the only thing that alleviates the pain of a big ass in tight jeans is by drinking a couple bottles glasses of wine…. which is really a sadistic irony since that very wine is what made your ass big to begin with.

Not that I know anything about big asses and tight jeans…..

No; the reality I am talking about is not realizing my ass could be potentially fat, but rather it’s the reality that I like some really gawd awful movies. Now I knew this; felt it on a “I read it in a book once” level. But after last night the reality of exactly how awful smacked me in the face like a piece of Limberger cheese (and if you think THAT won’t get your attention, try it. Just once. It’s a smell you will NEVER forget.)

See, last night I watched Troma Entertainment’s 1997 release “Bugged!” and I really liked it. If that is not testimony that I need psychiatric help, then I don’t know what is.

Earning a whooping 3.2 stars from the IMDB voters, Bugged! is the story of Devine, a devine poet who develops a slight bug problem. Actually they seem more like little grasshoppers but they are bugs no less and overtaking her house. Whipping out the yellow pages, Devine passes over the well known “TERMINEX” ad and goes straight to the never heard of ‘em “Dead And Buried Exterminators” listing. Yeh. The first sign of good times ahead.

But what our lovely little Devine doesn’t know is that due to an incredibly idiotic chain of events and some rather nasty toxic waste, the strapping young “Dead and Buried” exterminators unknowingly dose the little bugs with body altering toxic waste instead of bug killing chemicals resulting in some frickin’ huge ass flesh eating bugs instead of dead and buried ones!

From word one, the acting was horrible and did not improve with time. Scenes were predictable, and dialogue was beyond lame, but true to Troma form, it worked. Promoting campiness and cheese, Bugged used old school gore effects, meaning blood - if any- was obviously sugar thickened koolaid; guts did not ooze, and flesh did not bubble or puss or fall off the bone even when up close and personal with a stick of dynamite. Nope; the only scene that vaguely resembled anything like that was when one of the guys who was supposed to get rid of the toxic waste came into direct contact with it and ended up looking more like an extra from a Ron Jeremy movie, and if that’s not a pretty disgusting descriptive visual then check this picture out and judge for yourself:

Bugged! is not a movie for all horror (dare I call it horror?) fans but definitely fits the bill for fans of The Toxic Avenger series. I’d even wager a bet that fans of Sleepaway Camp would find this one rather entertaining. After all, they are all filled with camp and cheese - the kind that makes B movies so great. And that my fiends, translates into some pretty funny shit.