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Director:
Writers:
Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay)
Edward Levy (novel)
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Release Date:
12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He Was On The Verge Of Becoming A Man... Eater! See more »
Plot:
In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie... See more » | Full synopsis »
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I Was A Teenage Insect See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ronny Cox ... Eli MacCleary

Bibi Besch ... Caroline MacCleary
Paul Clemens ... Michael MacCleary

Don Gordon ... Judge Curwin

R.G. Armstrong ... Doc Schoonmaker
Katherine Moffat ... Amanda Platt (as Kitty Moffat)

L.Q. Jones ... Sheriff Pool
Logan Ramsey ... Edwin Curwin

John Dennis Johnston ... Horace Platt
Ron Soble ... Tom Laws

Luke Askew ... Dexter Ward

Meshach Taylor ... Deputy Herbert
Boyce Holleman ... Doc Odom
Natalie Nolan Howard ... Court Clerk
Malcolm McMillin ... Gas Station Attendant
Fred D. Meyer ... Workman
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Directed by
Philippe Mora 
 
Writing credits
Tom Holland (screen story and screenplay)

Edward Levy (novel)

Produced by
Harvey Bernhard .... producer
Jack B. Bernstein .... executive producer
Ron Fury .... associate producer
Gabriel Katzka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Jack L. Richards 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Brown 
David Garfield 
Bert Lovitt 
 
Casting by
Douglas Brindley 
 
Production Design by
David M. Haber 
 
Set Decoration by
Leonard A. Mazzola 
 
Makeup Department
Tom Hoerber .... makeup artist (as Thomas Hoerber)
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
Ann Wadlington .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jack B. Bernstein .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Fury .... assistant director
Mark Lyon .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Giovanni Casalenuovo .... stand-by painter
Fred Krajewski .... lead man
Art Lipschultz .... property master
Bobbie Jill Lucas .... swing gang
Bud Peifer Jr. .... assistant property master
James W. Shealy .... swing gang
 
Sound Department
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Al Overton .... sound mixer (as Al Overton Sr.)
Barton Palmer .... sound technician
Charles Sherlock .... boom operator
Clive Smith .... supervising sound editor
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Thomas R. Burman .... special effects (as Tom Burman)
Fred Cramer .... special effects foreman (as Fred J. Cramer)
James Cummins .... lab technician
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects (as Garry J. Elmendorf)
 
Stunts
Sorin Serene Pricopie .... stunt coordinator (as Sorin Pricopie)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (as Kirk E. Bales)
Robert Bitzer .... grip
C.B. Carroll Jr. .... electrician
George H. Clarke .... grip
Gerrit Dangremond .... first assistant camera
Laurence Flynn .... best boy (as Laurence J. Flynn)
Charles Holmes .... gaffer (as Charles Holmes Jr.)
Jack Kennedy .... electrician (as Jack L. Kennedy)
George Kohut .... camera operator
James A. Pendleton .... second assistant camera (as James Pendleton)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
William Shealy .... electrician
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip
James Trawick Jr. .... electrician
Dean Williams .... still photographer (as Dean Earl Williams)
 
Casting Department
Douglas Brindley .... casting: Mississippi
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frances Harrison Hays .... costume supervisor
John Lemons .... costumer (as John K. Lemons)
 
Editorial Department
Beau Barthel .... assistant editor
Rick Sparr .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Armin Steiner .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
John Brumby .... driver: creative mobile
Cliff Hill .... transportation captain
John Reade .... transportation coordinator (as John C. Reade)
 
Other crew
Charles Allen .... location manager
Kathryn Allen .... office secretary
Susan Chavez .... unit publicist
Betty Eastwood .... bookkeeper to producer
Jerry Fulton .... animal handler
Don Henry .... production accountant (as Donald Henry)
Barbara Hogan .... script supervisor (as Barbara A. Hogan)
Marie Melendez .... assistant to producer
Bonne Radford .... assistant production accountant
J.J. Read III .... assistant location manager
Florian Schereck .... post-production auditor
Anita Terrian .... production coordinator
Joe Ann Thurman .... craft service
Marlene Williams .... producer secretary
 

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Runtime:
98 min
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Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
Star Paul Clemens was very enthusiastic about having the role of Michael MacCleary because he was an avid fan of the horror genre. Clemens would even enjoy the extensive makeup work that would take hours to apply to him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Even after Amanda puts her bra on twice before leaving the house, when she is raped later on in the movie, she has no bra on at all.See more »
Quotes:
Doc Odom:There's a chemical imbalance. An occult malignancy in his system.
Eli MacCleary:What kind of medicine are practicing here, Doctor?
Doc Odom:What we have is a pituitary gland that has gone crazy, out of control. It's causing much too rapid growth. No matter what nourishment we give him, it just isn't enough. Now, I... I thought it might be genetic, inherited. But the metabolic tests that we did on both of you show that you're normal as pie. So unless there's something we don't know, unless there's something left out of the picture...
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I Was A Teenage Insect, 22 November 2003
Author: Gafke from United States

This movie is hard to take seriously, with such a far fetched premise and a lot of dimwitted characters doing really stupid things...but it's not a total loss. If you can disconnect yourself from reality for an hour and a half, you may just be able to convince yourself that enforced cannibalism will turn you into a giant were-cicada. (?!)

A car containing newlyweds breaks down on a lonely stretch of road. The brand new groom decides to walk back to the gas station. The brand new bride decides to walk around in the woods after hearing strange noises that have upset her dog. One messy, muddy rape scene later, we have a plot...and I had a very strong desire for a long, hot shower.

17 years later, we see the result of the rape: a whiny teenage boy named Michael. Michael is dying and no one knows what is wrong with him or how to help him. His parents decide to return to the scene of the crime, hoping to discover the true identity of Michaels' father. What they find is an inbred little town filled with strange people who all seem to share the same secret...a secret they are not about to reveal to Michaels parents. However, Michael arrives in town all on his own, and the people who aren't talking start dying, one by one.

The bad-guy characters are all pretty cool, simply because they're so weird, providing comic relief that maybe wasn't intentional. The character of Amanda, Michaels' sort-of girlfriend, was annoying - not through any fault of her own, but simply because she seemed like a nice girl and went through the entire film cringing from everyone, and with good reason, as she is repeatedly slapped, yelled at, humiliated and ultimately, horribly violated.

It is not a pleasant movie to watch, to say the least, as the movie comes full circle and the "beast" seems to triumph. It's depressing and ugly, with very few redeeming qualities, although the nightmare sequences were effective and disturbing, providing an excellent, moody atmosphere of dread that never pays off. The gross-out metamorphosis at the films climax looks dated now, unable to top the inventive murders which preceded it. All in all, this film seems to want to be "I Was A Teenage Werewolf" crossed with "Deliverance." It doesn't succeed, but there's a few good shocks along the way. Worth watching once, if there's nothing else on TV at 1am.

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