Empire of the Ants


Empire of the Ants (1977)



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Based on a story by H.G. Wells, this unintentionally funny sci-fi horror thriller centers on the travails of foolish property buyers who unwittingly purchase land that is dangerously close to a nuclear waste dump. Due to a radiation leak, the ants there have mutated into voracious giants and are looking for food.

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Joan Collins
as Marilyn Fryser
Robert Lansing
as Dan Stokely
John Carson
as Joe Morrison
John David Carson
as Joe Morrison
Albert Salmi
as Sheriff Art 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.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's all drastically boring.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

You'll be rooting for the ants.

Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 3, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Empire of the Ants

The audio in Empire of the Ants is infuriating to the point of being nigh unwatchable. But on mute? By jingo you might just be onto something there.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer


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
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
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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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