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Empire of the Ants

Empire of the Ants (1977)

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In the '50s, Bert I. Gordon made a career out of sci-fi movies about gigantic mutated insects (Beginning of the End, Earth vs. the Spider), lizards (King Dinosaur, Serpent Island), and even people (The Amazing Colossal Man), and in 1977, he was still up to his old tricks with this picture, loosely adapted from a story by H.G. Wells. Marilyn Fryser (Joan Collins) is a less than scrupulous businesswoman who is trying to sell shares in a worthless Florida housing development to a group of naive

Nov 20, 2001

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Periodic moments of good special effects are separated by reels of dramatic banality as players flounder in flimsy dialog and under sluggish direction.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's all drastically boring.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie swarmed into local theaters yesterday; unfortunately, the insects and the people in this mélange of ersatz science-fiction and dull adventure deserve one another.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Laughable exploitation film results in a complete waste of time and talent.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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One of those movies that's a nailbiter for a little kid, but laughable when revisted as an adult.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Teaming Collins with ants is pure Bert I. Gordon.

October 15, 2004

Bert I. Gordon makes ant crap out of an H.G. Wells short story he loosely adapted to the big screen.

March 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Cheap special effects and nonexistent horror in a 'horror' flick make for one boring waste of celluloid.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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We interrupt this soap opera to bring you... a monster movie!

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Bring on the DDT. A silly giant-bug opus with cheap special effects.

September 18, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

What's scarier: ants or Bert I. Gordon movies?

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

If you find it when you are flipping through channels at three in the morning, turn it off and try to get some sleep.

January 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Empire of the Ants

Did we really need another giant ant movie? I don't think so, skip this movie and see Them instead. This one isn't too terrible, but it's not good either.
January 4, 2011
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To say that this is a cheap production would be an insult to cheap productions. It's not funny-bad or campy-bad, it's just plain bad-bad. Watch it if you must but be prepared for a healthy dose of "I told you so".
October 5, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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Underrated B horror right here, I mean I expected more from the critics and audience alike. The cheap special greenscreen effects, were hysterical. The best part of the movie. Some of the supporting roles were pretty damn good, like the old couple. The plot is an inside job mission to let giant ants take control of the city. The concluding scene to wrap up the story was cheap and epic. An entertaining treat. One of the movies that's so bad, it's good. A new guilty pleasure of mine.
January 30, 2013
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