Lightning Bug (2004)

Lightning Bug (2004)




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Robert Hall's drama Lightning Bug concerns a young man trapped in a small southern town with an abusive stepfather. The young man has developed a remarkable facility at creating make-up effects for horror films, and he hopes these skills will get him out of the town were his work is unappreciated by the religious zealots in the town. However his relationship with a pretty girl who wants to stay right where she is may be the one thing to keep him from following his dream.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Bret Harrison
as Bret Harrison
Laura Prepon
as Angevin Duvet
Kevin Gage
as Earl Knight
Ashley Laurence
as Jenny Graves
Bob Penny
as Tightwiler
Lucas Till
as Jay Graves
Shannon Eubanks
as Ms. Duvet
Hal Sparks
as Deputy Dale
Don Gibb
as Uncle Marvin
Jonathan Spencer
as Tony Bennet
Josh Todd
as Rusty
Jamie Avera
as Deputy Hollis
Donald Gibb
as Uncle Marvin
George Faughnan
as Billy Martin
Kate Clemons
as Cashier
Kevin Christopher Kline
as Jerry Spunkmeyer
Brandon Trost
as Seismograph Drummer
Tim Tuttle
as Jesse Spunkmeyer
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Critic Reviews for Lightning Bug

All Critics (8)

Though Lightning Bug does feature a number of positive aspects - particularly Harrison's subtle, effective performance - the film never quite achieves lift-off.

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
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like a low-budget remake of 8 Mile

Full Review… | April 13, 2004

Everything's painted in the broadest of strokes and the autobiographical story never takes on a modicum of authenticity.

April 10, 2004
Film Blather

Reminiscient of David Gordon Green's excellent All the Real Girls combined with a Fangoria fan's mentality and a touching sense of real nostalgia.

Full Review… | April 7, 2004

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Lightning Bug


Originally thought this was a horror, but it's a drama. Original storyline and great cast. I liked that it was set in a small town in the 80's. I loved that they still had an actual video store and the main character was a horror nut who made figures. Laura Prepon was excellent and the actress who played her mother - wow, whacked out, but so convincing! The ending was a bit of a letdown, but overall I really enjoyed this.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Surprise hit. Definitely hits home for some people whether it's their love of horror or family life. Solid film overall.

James Methric
James Methric

Liked the Soundtrack & as long as it's the same as I heard in the movie I want it.. nice Classic rock & the likes of those I also grew up with (geez according to VH! Classic MY Rock like G-n-R counts as 'Classic' rock now too! ?) I still say the good guy is one part Elvis & 3 parts jay Leno Look at the face & hair! The movie was ok with a slight twist in a way I guess C

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