Monsters: Season 3, Episode 3

Bug House (14 Oct. 1990)

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Not an episode for the faint of heart
4 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A woman visits her family's old cabin to find her pregnant sister is living there with a mysterious man. She's not happy about her pregnancy, and with good reason...

"Bug House" is strictly horror. There's no comedy, drama, whimsical fantasy or science-fiction to be found here. It's a fantastic episode, but not one for the squeamish. The horror featured is not only physical, but psychological as it plays to man's natural fear of insects. This episode has them crawling out of the woodwork, literally.

If you're one of those people who are afraid of insects, this episode will be quite revolting to watch. In the first five minutes, you can pretty much guess the truth about May's unborn baby and once you do, you won't want to believe it even though you know it's coming. If you're looking for jaw-dropping irony or a shocking twist ending, you won't find it here. The story is straight forward and predictable, but this episode is meant to scare you, not to keep you guessing about what happens next. It definitely succeeds in its intended purpose.

The story is pretty strong. Certain things are not explained and they really don't need to be. The only complaint I have is that the main character sleeps with May's baby-daddy about halfway through the episode. By this point, she, and the viewer, for that matter, are presented with enough evidence to know that something's seriously wrong, but she sleeps with him anyway. Even though she is portrayed as being a bit loose I felt this was a little out-of-character for her. An explanation for her actions is later given about how she gets jealous of everything her sister has and tries to steal it which is a decent enough effort to justify it but I still couldn't believe she would do it. Once again, I must concede that people do things that defy all common sense all the time so I guess maybe it might be possible.

The special effects are well done here. The "baby" looks very frightening and disturbingly real. Not to be outdone, she rips the flesh off the man's face in another great example of special effects. She finally lets out a horrific scream which caps off a superbly frenetic climax. The effects of the baby moving around in mother's womb also deserve an honorable mention.

I would highly recommend "Bug House" to the horror fans of this show as it's classic horror and nothing else. It's unsettling, very creepy, and even though you'll know what's going to happen, you won't be able to look away. It has one story flaw but this hardly enough to ruin it.


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