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Empire of the Ants (Widescreen) [Import]
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Joan Collins stars in this hilarious giant bug epic. Producer-director Bert I. Gordon, the genius behind such stuff-grows-really-big films as The Amazing Colossal Man and Village of the Giants, brings us a cautionary tale of what can happen when pollution, real-estate scams, and social insects mix. Collins, an absolute portrait of the valiant trouper who keeps plugging away no matter how bad the script gets, stars as shady land developer Marilyn Fryer. Marilyn is by only a small margin the sleaziest of a band of characters so repellent it's hard not to root for the ants (who, by the way, grow really big). A ludicrous plot and jaw-droppingly bad dialogue make Empire of the Ants ideal for late-night viewing. Watch it with your most vicious circle of friends. DVD version includes the original trailer and French and Spanish subtitles. -Ali Davis
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In the beginning we get some painfully obvious foreshadowing involving stock footage, along with voice over, showing ants busy at work. We then cut to workers in HAZMAT suits on a boat, dumping clearly marked barrels of radioactive waste in the water. We see one of the barrels wash up on shore, as the ominous music plays on...Cut to preparations being made for an excursion by yacht to view swampy properties for sale, sponsored by some realty company called Dreamland Properties, or some such thing. It's here we meet Marilyn Fryer (Collins), the woman in charge. How do we know this? Because she's being a real pain in the rear, basically telling everyone she's the boss, especially Dan Stokely (Lansing), the captain of the boat, who, by the way, wears a lovely earring (yargh, I'm a pirate!) throughout the film (man, the 70's were weird). Soon the prospective suckers...Read more ›
Joan plays Marilyn Fryer, a real estate agent and land developer for "Dreamland Shores". However, unbeknownst to her freeloading group of highly impossible investors, the shores have been contaminated with toxic chemicals that make ANTS grow to humongous proportions!
Add in a sugar processing plant, horrendous dialogue, bad acting, & cheesy special effects and you have a great, classic B-grade horror film. Based on an H.G. Wells story...
If you liked "Them", "Pirahna", "Frogs" or other films that follow animals or insects taking over the world, you will certainly enjoy this pic. Happy Watching!
Joan Collins is head of a group pushing an island paradise resort - yet to be built - and Lancing is the pilot of the boat that brings in the latest boatload of suckers....I mean investors...to view the imaginary golf course and club house. Only problem, refugees from THEM! are lurking in the woods making off with islanders and soon to investors of Joan's resort. The effects are typical Drive-in B movie quality (but hey, I miss the old drive-ins!! When I visited Kentucky they would have dusk to dawn creature features and that is where I first saw this movie), but Lancing as always is better than the material he is given and makes this worth the ticket.
So stack up four of five our your best Vincent Price and Chris Lee films, add Empire of the Ants (and watch the wonderful and well missed Robert Lancing), pop a bowl of popcorn , turn out the lights and imagine you are in a car with a speaker hanging from the window. Have your own dusk to dawn creature features.
Off to see if I can hunt up a copy of 4D man in DVD.....
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I actually saw this movie when it was first released in the theater. Believe me, you are not missing anything by not catching it on the big screen. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Harrison Bergeron
If you're looking for a movie that's fun in a bad way and that you don't have to take seriously,then this is a good one. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by Bart Fargo
Let's see, we have: Joan Collins in her pre-Dynasty days; Robert Lansing from the tv series "Twelve O'Clock High," Robert Pine and Jacqueline Scott from countless B... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2003 by Michael Butts
Released about 20 years after "Them" -- the first big ant flick, and nowhere near the class act -- "EMPIRE OF THE ANTS" (MGM) is the brain-child of Bert I. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by Robin Simmons
this movie that i bought on dvd is pretty good, the special effects i think were great, i like the way they made the ants look big, at least in this one they showed you the whole... Read morePublished on June 22 2002 by Nicholas F. Dandrea
Yes, this movie is a "B" or less. The problem comes in taste or preference. I would have given this movie a "five star" rating; however no one would ever take my reviews serious... Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by bernie
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