Reviewed byMartinHaferVote: 9/10
This movie was a little film when it was released. No big stars but many familiar character actors in this simple movie about a maniac who has stolen a dangerous germ from a US government lab. The maniac is now threatening to release this pathogen and he must be found and stopped before all life on the planet is obliterated.
It's a simple enough plot but it is carried off so well. It's an intelligent movie that will appeal to someone who wants something different as well as a movie that doesn't insult your intelligence.
A somewhat similar and equally engaging film is The Andromeda Strain. Both are well worth your time.
Reviewed byMichael-228Vote: 9/10
Here we are almost 40 years after "The Satan Bug" and two months past September 11, 2001. I hadn't thought of this film in years but subject is once again all too fresh in our headlines. This was the film that was supposed to make George Maharis (of TV's Route 66) a film star and it was/is a very good movie. Unfortunately, like so many others that tried to make the jump from TV to the silverscreen, the public seemed to reject the idea and the film was not, as I recall, financially successful. I hope that it might get DVD treatment soon and it would be very interesting to view again in light of recent events.
Reviewed byenlcanVote: 9/10
A True gem that's always been overlooked. First saw it in the late sixties and it scared the heck outta me. See it every four or five years and I still enjoy it and get a little detail I'd missed, really well written.
I was surprised when I checked who'd written it and I didn't know of Ian Stewart, turns out it was a pen name for Alistair McLean.
George Maharis and Ann Francis are excellent and I always wonder why Maharis never really made it. He was a very good actor.
The desert background always gave that lonely eerie feel.
Also watch for James Doohan (Scottie) as a G Man in a bit role.
A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.