Short Film Review: Bug Chaser


Bug ChaserAfter a hot and heavy one-night stand comes to an abrupt end when it is discovered that Nathan (Brenden Shucart) has a growth on his backside, he spends the next few days trying to figure out what it is and how to get rid of it. Nathan jumps on the internet looking for answers, something that does nothing to help his plight, all the while he takes to alcohol to deal with the stress as the growth grows larger in size and he becomes all the more ill.

Written and directed by Ian Wolfley, Bug Chaser is a short film that takes an uncomfortable look at the horrors that come with having our body go through unwarranted changes, this specifically focusing on a growth forming inside of a butt crack. Yep, sounds a little gross (and it is), but that’s the point. Bug Chaser threatens its lead character, Nathan, with the possibility that he could have some form of STD or something much worse, and it has manifested itself into a grotesque cyst that continues to grow.

The success of body horror always stems from the fear we have about our bodies degenerating, and usually by doing so in a fashion that’s exaggerated. And the growth on Nathan’s backside is certainly exaggerated in a way that will horrify and disgust some viewers.

Bug Chaser will certainly not be for everyone due to the graphic sexual situations as well as the abundance of full-frontal male nudity (most of which serves the story). Also, if you are at all offended by homosexuality, then you might want to take a pass on this one.

For the rest of you, however, Bug Chaser is certainly worth a watch as it’s a nicely made film that effectively taps into the fears that come with one’s body when it does things far out of the normal. It’s very much like a nightmare you only hope you will wake up from.

Due to the nudity found in the short, I won’t embed the video here on the site, but you can check it out on Vimeo right here. Also, if you’d like to learn more about the film, the filmmakers and their upcoming projects, check out the Bug Chaser website by going here. Please feel free to share your thoughts below!

3.5 / 5 stars     


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      1. paxromano May 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        oddly enough the term “bug chasers” is used by those who actively seek out HIV positive partners to have sex with them.

        • Matt-suzaka May 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

          I did read about that and found that fact to be pretty fascinating. I couldn’t link the term bug chaser to the short film, though I wonder of the character is supposed to be a bug chaser who found himself contracting something completely different. Thanks for he comment, Pax!

      2. Norwhale May 6, 2013 at 3:37 am

        That should be corrected to “Actively seek out HIV+ partners to have sex with them, with the goal of contracting HIV.” Bug chasers are after the virus, not just the person.