The Satan Bug (1965)


“More than forty chemical weapons are being developed at Station 3. I will confine myself to two which we have developed here, at E Lab. The first, botulinus. We have twelve hundred grammes in six flasks. If ten grammes of it were allowed to contaminate a city, that city is a morgue in four hours. It is an ideal weapon, if you will forgive the phrase, because it only destroys people. It oxides itself, and in effect dies after eight hours.” – Dr. Gregor Hoffman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A security officer is sent on a mission to discover the identity of a thief who has stolen a lethal bio-weapon and has threatened to use it to destroy the world.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued by the premise dealing with a deadly virus being unleashed on the population.

This somewhat reminded e of what we all seem to be experiencing now, so I was curious to see if a film made 55 years ago would come close to reality or not.

This film unfortunately seems like a James Bond type spy thriller doppelganger.

They do a nice job with things yet somehow forget to find a way to make this film really sand out and feel more unique n what they do.

The premise is presented in a somewhat silly way and that hurts things a bit.

The acting is sub par and many of the characters are portrayed as being quite wooden in everything they do.

Making this a 007esque film just doesn’t help turn this into something more intriguing to watch and in some ways the similarities with the British secret agent takes more away from the story than adds to it.

The cast is ok but slightly underrated.

George Mahiris does nice job in the lead.

Due to the current world pandemic this story feels less realistic that one might perceive it to be just a few short months ago which is a perfect example of truth being stranger than fiction.

Bottom Line – Typical 60’s spy thriller that is done well but fails to really give us anything unique in the story. The way that the premise is presented is a bit silly and the fact that most of the actors give very wooden performances doesn’t help things at all.  The choice to make this seem like a mediocre James Bond doppelganger doesn’t work well enough and it takes more away from things than adding to them. The cast is fine and it’s nice to see Mahiris in the lead. Looking at the way this story unfolds while in the midst of a world wide biological element pandemic, the story feels less realistic than it probably did just a few months ago.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Sturges wanted a gigantic climax on the Los Angeles freeway, with the population trying to evacuate the city before the plague begins. Sturges wanted something exciting, huge, with thousands of cars glued into a behemoth traffic jam. But the mayor and city hall of LA refused. Sturges was livid and felt great grief because of this. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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