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An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James ... See full summary »

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Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Thomas Page (novel), William Castle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bradford Dillman ... James Parmiter
Joanna Miles ... Carrie Parmiter
Richard Gilliland ... Gerald Metbaum
Jamie Smith-Jackson ... Norma Tacker (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
Alan Fudge ... Mark Ross
Jesse Vint ... Tom Tacker
Patty McCormack ... Sylvia Ross
Brendan Dillon ... Charlie
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Henry Tacker (as Fred Downs)
James Greene ... Reverend Kern
Jim Poyner ... Kenny Tacker
Sam Jarvis Sam Jarvis ... Taxi Driver
Bard Stevens Bard Stevens ... Security Guard
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Storyline

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James Parmiter, however, reveal an intent with much more far-reaching consequences. Written by Ross Horsley <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

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Out of the worst nightmare! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hephaestus Plague See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,602,023
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This was the last film William Castle worked on. See more »

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Creepy Low Budget 70's Eco-Horror
1 February 2002 | by chagood2001See all my reviews

Hadn't seen this since I was 8,so I didn't know what to expect,since it was directed by the infamous Jeannot Szwarc,who helmed such big budget disasters such as Supergirl & Santa Claus The Movie,have to say it was very creepy,well made, & even scary in some spots,believe me,after watching this,you'll be up all night spraying your kitchen with heavy doses of Raid.I hope that Paramount releases this on DVD.Check It Out!!!


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