Empire of the Ants (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 souls. However, both Marilyn and her potential customers have bigger things to worry about than low property values, when they discover that a large stock of nuclear waste was dumped near the development site, and the result is a pack of gigantic mutated ants with a nasty disposition and a taste for human blood. The supporting cast features Robert Lansing, John David Carson, and Albert Salmi.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: H.G. Wells, Jack Turley, Bert I. Gordon
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On DVD: Nov 20, 2001


Joan Collins
as Marilyn Fryser
Robert Lansing
as Dan Stokely
John David Carson
as Joe Morrison
John Carson
as Joe Morrison
Albert Salmi
as Sheriff Kincade
Jacqueline Scott
as Margaret Ellis
Pamela Susan Shoop
as Coreen Bradford
Robert Pine
as Larry Graham
Edward Power
as Charlie Pearson
Brooke Palance
as Christine Graham
Tom Fadden
as Sam Russell
Irene Tedrow
as Velma Thompson
Harry Holcombe
as Harry Thompson
Jack Kosslyn
as Thomas Lawson
Ilse Earl
as Mary Lawson
Norman Franklin
as Anson Parker
Florence McGee
as Phoebe Russell
Jim Wheelus
as Crewman
Charles Red
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for Empire of the Ants

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's all drastically boring.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

You'll be rooting for the ants.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Creative Loafing

Laughable exploitation film results in a complete waste of time and talent.

Full Review… | August 3, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of those movies that's a nailbiter for a little kid, but laughable when revisted as an adult.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Empire of the Ants


Very poorly made, obvious allusions to Jaws, and a cast of unlikable characters. This is a really silly one that gets on your nerves a lot of the time because of the sound the creatures. There are some parts of it that make you laugh out loud with its awfulness, but that doesn't make this one a must-see, craptastic movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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".

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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