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Lightning Bug (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 April 2004 (USA)
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... Green Graves
... Angevin Duvet
... Earl Knight
... Jenny Graves
... Ms. Duvet
... Jay Graves
... Deputy Dale
... Rusty Knight
... Mr. Tightwiler
George Faughnan ... Billy Martin
... Tony Bennett
Austin Westfall ... Young Green
Kate Clemons ... Cashier
... Deputy Hollis
... Uncle Marvin (as Don Gibb)
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A drama/thriller, set in the South, about a young boy who longs to escape the misery of his childhood and the misunderstanding of his hometown. A gifted, self-taught, special effects make-up artist, Green dreams of going to Hollywood to make his own monsters. But the real demons of Green's life threaten to hold him back: a drunken stepfather who terrorizes his mother, a group of religious fanatics who want to destroy his work, and the love of a girl who can't let go of small town life. Written by Anonymous

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The role of Uncle Marvin was specifically written for Donald Gibb. However, all the key scenes involving a subplot with Uncle Marvin were ultimately cut from the final finished version of the film. See more »

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Although this film takes place in the late 80s, a posters for a few movies made in the 90s can be seen both in Green's bedroom and on display at the video rental store. See more »

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Angevin Duvet: [about the "new" Friday the 13th] Excellent body count.
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References Dead Ringers (1988) See more »

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Written and Performed by Gibb Droll
Courtesy Bumble Records
Gibb Droll Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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Dark coming-of-age thriller.
1 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

A woman (Ashley Laurence) and her 2 kids leave Detroit to go live in a trailer in a small town. One of her sons, Green (Bret Harrison), aspires to become a special FX artist for horror films as well as the boyfriend of local video rental goth girl (Laura Prepon.) Mom has a bit of a drinking problem and a new boyfriend who likes to beat up on everyone, but the local religious zealots may prove to be an even bigger obstacle standing in the way of Green's dreams. "Lightning Bug" is an intense coming-of-age drama that will stay with you long after you eject it from your player. Ashley Laurence is terrific and almost unrecognizable here, channeling Mary Louise Parker southern gal from "Fried Green Tomatoes." Look for a "wink-wink" to horror fans where Laurence's character is grocery shopping and picks up a Fango with Pinhead on the cover for her kid.


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