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Inside Iowa State
Sept. 12, 1997

Insect film festival opens tonight

by Anne Dolan

Get ready for more "what-is-it?" snacks and films to make your skin crawl during the eighth annual Insect Horror Film Festival. Sponsored by the Entomology Club, the fest returns to the Memorial Union tonight (Friday) and Saturday, Sept. 12-13. The festival is free.

Come hungry. For your palate, there will be Bug Brownies (featuring dry roasted cutworm and armyworm larvae), the aptly named Chocolate Chirpies (chocolate covered crickets), Peanut Butter Bug Squares and the always-popular Insect Toffee.

For your other senses, there will be an insect petting zoo with hissing cockroaches, aquatic insects, a butterfly tent and feature films. The snacking begins at 6 p.m. both evenings; the movies at 7:15 p.m. Friday's activities will be in the Sun Room. Saturday evening, the festival moves to the Gallery.

Friday's film is the original make of The Fly (1958), in which an eccentric scientist accidentally turns himself into a monster fly. Saturday's film is Phase IV (1973), a tale of humans battling superintelligent ants.

E. R. Hart, professor of entomology, will introduce the films with a brief analysis of insects -- and scientists -- in films.

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