While it’s not exactly a horror film, I absolutely love Robert Hall’s LIGHTNING BUG. Makeup FX artist Robert Hall is perhaps been best-known as the director of his ultragory LAID TO REST movies, but he launched his filmmaking career with the less gory, but still genre-friendly LIGHTNING BUG, a film I still consider to be his masterpiece.

From Fangoria:

LIGHTNING BUG hits hi-def disc January 15, 2013 from Image Entertainment in the U.S. and Anchor Bay in Canada, and will be chock full of previously unseen features. Most notably, Hall tells us, “In addition to the theatrical cut, the disc will include an ‘Extended Cut’ that has never been seen before. It contains an entire subplot with Don Gibb in a hilarious role that was cut from the [previous] Anchor Bay version for time. We’re also working on a retrospective with all-new interviews with the key players that we’re hoping to include if we can get it done in time.”

As for the movie itself, “It has been completely remastered and restored from the original print and color-corrected for Blu-ray, supervised my myself and DP Brandon Trost. We also fixed and enhanced some visual effects shots now that we have that luxury. It has never looked this good.”

LIGHTNING BUG stars Bret Harrison as Green Graves, a teenager with a passion for makeup FX who longs to get out of his small Southern town where people misunderstand and abuse him; HELLRAISER’s Ashley Laurence, Laura Prepon and Kevin Gage co-star. The film was a semi-autobiographical labor of love for Hall, who says, “I’m still proud of it, warts and all. For a first film, I think it’s really strong, and it’s very personal to me. I’ll never make another one like it. I was a bit disappointed that it didn’t find a wider audience or play on cable, but we’re hoping to help that with the new Blu-ray. I think a lot of people assumed it was a horror film, and now we’re trying to market it as what it really is: a coming-of-age story that just happens to have a special appeal to horror buffs. I’m always touched when people come up to me and tell me they had a similar isolated or abusive upbringing and loved horror films, and that it’s their story too. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters, and why I made it in the first place.”

“Lightning Bug” Official Re-Release Trailer from Almost Human Inc. 

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