Empire of the Ants (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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Cast

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 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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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

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

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.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

½

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

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