Film Review: Bug Chaser


‘Nathan’s one-night stand ends abruptly when his date finds an alarming growth on his body. As it rapidly gets larger, Nathan gets sicker. He looks to alcohol, the Internet, and a needle for help, but to no avail. Drunk and desperate, Nathan finally reaches out to an unlikely source: a former hook-up, a nurse, who can’t believe what he sees.’ 

I remember watching Bug Chaser when we were reviewing films for the 2011 Dark Carnival Film Festival and listening to the entire group groan in gleeful disgust more than once in this 20 minute film. It certainly made an impact. I was fascinated. Even with all the man-ass, I couldn’t look away and I wondered just how far they would go.

The story centers around Nathan, a young man who discovers that he may have contracted some sort of disease when his date for the evening prepares to yummy down on his mangina.  The date is horrified to find a lumpy sore near his partner’s anus (which looks great from an FX standpoint, btw) and, thus, decides not to toss his salad. Things continue to spiral downward for our young hero, who decides to consult his nurse friend instead of going to a hospital. As you might suspect, his friend tells him he should go to the hospital.

Though I’m often tempted, I ‘m not currently reviewing films I don’t really like, so it goes without saying how I feel about this little body horror movie. The story is simple, involving and representative of the fears of a home diagnosis, webMD culture trending toward obliterating health care for the poor. It shouts ‘I’m here! I’m queer! Look at how big this sore on my ass is!’ and at the same time, it doesn’t make its sexuality the heart of the plot.

In the short amount of time this film is on screen, it says much about the society in which it was made. Considering the title, I don’t think I’m giving anything away by saying there’s a bug. Oh yeah, if you were wondering, don’t worry. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more of it and I think the ending leans toward trite in its absence. Otherwise, the acting here is great, nice cinematography, the dialogue is solid, funny and the special effects could give any Argento film a run for its money. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this tribe of filmmakers. Seek this one out for its thought provoking social commentary or just for a great gross-out.
(Bug Chasers is directed by Ian Wolfley)

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★☆ 

Bug Chaser from Anything Is Possible Productions on Vimeo.


About Arthur_C

Arthur Cullipher studied advanced effects make-up and prosthetics at the Joe Blasco school in Orlando, Florida. Arthur Cullipher is the founder of Clockwerk Pictures. He is a Dollmaker, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Special Effects Artist, Fire Performer, Philosopher, Magician and many other things for which there are not names. Arthur is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. (

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