2011 / Director. Kenneth Cran.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
The average movie goer would probably baulk at MILLENNIUM BUG but most serious horror buffs will rejoice it. The film begins with a production company logo reading "No CGI Films" and to most aficionados this is a great start. The story takes place on new years eve 1999 in the backwoods of the Sierra Dioablo Mountains. A family escape for the weekend as a precaution to the pending millennium bug, which gripped the world with fear at the time. Seeking refuge in an old ghost town hidden in the woods, they fall prey to a family of murderous inbreds at the same time that an ancient beast awakens from the Earth to wreck havoc amongst all that dwell on the surface. Just as the production company name promises, there is NO CGI in this wonderful little shocker. In stead it falls back on a bunch of classic devices to tell its story. It is absolutely cram packed with miniatures, green screen, puppetry and prosthetics and the result is a throwback film that mashes together films like TREMORS, WRONG TURN and JURASSIC PARK. It is gruesome. It is stylish and above all else it is fun. The buggish creature FX recall the splendours of GODZILLA with the giant creature smashing and devouring miniature buildings and chasing humans against a very deliberate and effective green screen. People with an appreciation for classic horror conventions & tropes will relish every moment of MILLENNIUM BUG, but those who aren't well educated in old school horror will probably brush it off as stupid and tacky. The gore is also excellent with heads being busted open, lips being bitten off and blood splaying in all directions. This is a vintage splatter fest that also borrows heavily from films like EVIL DEAD and THE FLY. So all you filmies ought to check this one out... I'm sure you will lap it up. I sure did.