The Satan Bug
(1965) is a science fiction film
directed by John Sturges
that stars George Maharis
and Anne Francis
. It was loosely adapted from Alistair MacLean
's 1962 novel of the same name. It also features a soundtrack by prolific composer Jerry Goldsmith
.Clemmensen, Christian. at Filmtracks.com
. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
Lee Barrett, a former intelligence agent, is asked by his former boss Eric Cavanaugh to investigate the murder of the security chief of Station Three — a top-secret bioweapons
laboratory in the California desert — and the disappearance of its director, Dr. Baxter.
As they wait for a time lock on the sealed lab to open, they are advised by another lab scientist, Dr. Gregor Hoffman, to seal the lab using concrete. Hoffman informs them that there are two lethal bioweapons in the lab, a lethal strain of botulinus
that oxidizes eight hours after its release, and a recently developed virus he calls "the Satan Bug", which could kill all life on Earth in a matter of months.
Determined to discover what happened in the room, Barrett enters to discover Dr. Baxter dead and both vials containing the Satan Bug and 1200 grams of botulinus missing.
Barrett drives to a nearby hotel, where he meets Ann, the daughter of General Williams, who has flown in from Washington to supervise the investigation. Barrett's speculation that a lunatic is behind the theft is confirmed by a telegram threatening... Read More