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September 11, 1998

Insect Horror Film Festival

Worm salsa: it's perfect for dipping

by Arianna McKinney, News Service intern

Of all the oddities at the annual Insect Horror Film Festival, it is the food that grabs most people, according to Pat Miller, Committee on Lectures.

This year's feature food, she said, "is a worm dip with a nice salsa base, suitable for use with any chip."

The festival begins today (Sept. 11) at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union South Ballroom with insect tasting. The menu features chocolate chirpies, bug brownies and the worm dip.

There also will be an insect petting zoo with hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes and a butterfly tent.

At 7:15 p.m., The Naked Jungle, starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker, will be shown. The 1954 film is about billions of killer ants closing in on a South American plantation.

The insect tasting and petting zoo will continue on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Pioneer Room. Another film, Mothra, will be shown at 7:15 p.m. In this film, two tiny princesses who sing and talk in unison are kidnapped from their island by a corrupt promoter. Mothra, a giant caterpillar, journeys to Tokyo to bring them home.

Insect cartoons, Lady in Red and Bug Parade, will be shown before the movies.

Admission to all events is free.

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