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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 Parmiter, however, reveal an intent with much more... See more »

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James Parmiter
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Carrie Parmiter
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Gerald Metbaum
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Norma Tacker (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
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Mark Ross
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Tom Tacker
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Sylvia Ross
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Charlie
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Henry Tacker (as Fred Downs)
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Reverend Kern
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Kenny Tacker
Sam Javis ...
Taxi Driver
Bard Stevens ...
Security Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgie Castle ...
Student (uncredited)
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Karoly Fogassy ...
Preacher at Funeral (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jeannot Szwarc

Written by

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Thomas Page ... (novel "The Hephaestus Plague")
 
William Castle ... (screenplay) and
Thomas Page ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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William Castle ... producer

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Charles Fox

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Michel Hugo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Allan Jacobs

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Dennis Wooley ... assistant film editor

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Ramsay King

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Jack Martin Smith

Set Decoration by

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Reg Allen

Makeup Department

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Judith A. Cory ... hair stylist (as Judy Alexander)
Tom Miller ... makeup artist (as Tom Miller Jr.)

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Leslie Moulton ... second assistant director
Jack Roe ... assistant director

Art Department

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Allan Gordon ... property master
James F. Claytor Sr. ... set designer (uncredited)
Wally Graham ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Simpson ... leadman (uncredited)
John Zemansky ... assistant props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Jerry Jost ... production sound mixer
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer
Joseph Kite ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Phil Cory ... special effects
Walter Dion ... special effects (uncredited)
Karoly Fogassy ... special effects (uncredited)

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Ken John Borland ... key grip (as Ken Borland)
Larry Gilhooly ... gaffer
Herb Pearl ... camera operator
Gilbert Thevenaz ... assistant camera (as Gil Thevenaz)
Jack Gereghty ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Glascock ... electrician (uncredited)
Ken Johnson ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Gene Luce ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Joel Stout ... best boy (uncredited)
Jack Vogel ... crab dolly operator (uncredited)
Gary R. Wostak ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Joyce Irving ... casting secretary (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Guy C. Verhille ... wardrobe (as Guy Verhille)

Music Department

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Charles Fox ... composer: electronic music

Script and Continuity Department

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Cynnie Troup ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Stewart Satterfield ... transportation (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Steve Bickel ... assistant to producer
Ken Middleham ... director: insect sequences
Marge Pinns ... assistant to producer
Vern Debord ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Lou Feldman ... craft service (uncredited)
Don Henry ... production auditor (uncredited)
Stevie Scott ... animal trainer (uncredited)
Bob Yeager ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines They Look Like Rocks...Possess A High Intelligence...Have No Eyes...And Eat Ashes...They Travel In Your Car Exhaust...They Make Fire...They Kill. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Hephaestus Plague (United States)
  • Les Insectes de feu (France)
  • El bicho (Spain)
  • Φτερωτός εφιάλτης (Greece)
  • Chrzaszcz (Poland)
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  • 99 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $186,447

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Trivia The set used for the Parmiter home, (where Joanna Miles's character has her head set ablaze by a "bug"), was the same set at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as the one used for the interiors of the Brady home in the ABC television series, The Brady Bunch (1969). Due to very poor ratings, being massacred by Sanford and Son (1972), the series had been canceled in 1974, a few months before filming on this film began. Since this film's release in 1975, "The Brady Bunch" became a ubiquitous hit in syndication, and the set has become easily recognizable to several generations of classic TV watchers, even though the set was altered for use in this film. See more »
Goofs When Parmiter finds the dead body in the shed its still daylight. He then runs into the house and is in there no longer than a minute and when he emerges its pitch black. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Terror in the Aisles (1984). See more »

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