Cyclops At The Cinema


Jamie Toth, The Somewhat Cyclops
4 min readAug 13, 2023

I admire meditative films that explore the depth of emotion in a situation — and Shudderbugs is a wonderful example of just such a film. Written, starring, and directed by Johanna Putnam, Shudderbugs is a beautiful, sensitive, and subtle psychological thriller that chronicles a woman’s unraveling psyche as she deals with the death of her mother.

I’m not the only one to be smitten — the film has won several awards — including the Indie Spirit, Rising Star (Naples International Film Fest), Best Actress (Kansas City Film Fest), Best Director, Best…