The first feature film to be produced by Magic Dog Productions is a trilogy in the style of the 1975 horror film starring Karen Black, ‘Trilogy of Terror’.  ‘BUGS: A Trilogy’ is a psychological horror film written by Alexandra Grunberg and directed by Simone Kisiel.


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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. The Bugs Trilogy explores the inequality of the watcher and ward, relationships between mothers and their children, and the measures we are willing to take to protect ourselves from dangers we do not want to comprehend.



What makes BUGS different from other horror being produced now is that it focuses not on shock factor, gross out, or (as Scream would call it) the “obligatory titty shot.” Instead, BUGS is based on the premise that horror begins in the mind… a small, terrible thought gets lodged in your subconscious, much like a bug burrowing into the dirt, and what the audience doesn’t see, what the audience chooses to believe, the story that they see off camera and the real-life truths that resonate within the tale are the true trademarks of terror. Women, and men, can watch these three shorts and know that they represent horrors we have to live with every day and fears that are all too real. Fiction is the lens through which we can understand and confront the horrors of our own reality. And too often women depicted in horror have been stripped down to over-sexualized stereotypes, depriving the audience of a story that rings true because, despite the safety of a fictional setting, the most important part of the story, the meaning behind the monsters, is true.

Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.