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A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen. Written by
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In 1965 the world was worried about the danger of nuclear war. When "The Satan Bug" was released a new and even more terrifying prospect was revealed, biological warfare. Chemical warfare was known from World War I but the idea of a biological weapon was relatively unknown until this film was released. The film is basically a manhunt for two things. A scientist who has disappeared from a biological warfare station and for something invisible, the biological weapon he has developed called the Satan Bug. With crisp no nonsense direction and a script to match the film moves along at a good clip as various persons hunt down the visible man and invisible germ before it can be released in Los Angeles. A pretty good cast of well known actors of the 1960's as well as a few good character actors all turn in good performances.Sturgess' direction is often edge of your seat but it is worth the ride. Very fine score from Jerry Goldsmith (especially over the opening credits) that gives a hint at his later work for "Planet of the Apes"adds to that edgy feeling.
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