Back in October, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Women In Horror Film Fest (WIHFF) in Peachtree City. One of the films I thoroughly enjoyed was ‘BUGS’. Written by and starring Alexandra Grunberg, BUGS was directed by Simone Kisiel and stars Malcom Mills,
Charnele Crick, Julia Beach, Kobi Frumer,Nikita Tewani,Nikita Silvera and Marissa Carpio.
Prior to the film, I spoke briefly with Simone who waited anxiously for the audiences responses. Needless to say, the film was well received and at the awards ceremony BUGS won a LIZZY for Best Director.
Recently Simone sent me the press kit so I thought I’d share the following. If you get he opportunity to see BUGS you should.
Synopsis: A babysitter with a clever and violent ward. A patient who mistrusts the doctor’s orders. A young woman haunted by a malevolent presence. And the terror that ties them all together: BUGS.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.
Here are Simone’s thoughts on the film.
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. “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.
Though the thematic focus is on experiences of women,our target audience is not restricted to women. In fact,through this horror film, we hope to reveal issues such as of the dismissal of fears and pain, the minimization of trauma, and the expectation of fitting into female stereotypes, to an audience who may not recognize these issues that women struggle with everyday.
Through the medium of film, we hope to bring our trilogy to a wide audience that may watch for the promise of horror, and end up educated about the real world horrors experienced by women. We also seek to better represent women and minorities on camera.