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Empire of the Ants
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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 ›
Based on H.G. Wells book of the same title. Also features Robert Pine of "CHiPS" fame.
A bunch of cheapskates go with Joan Collins on a real estate, timeshare sort of all-expense-paid cruise to a remote island. Of course, no one on the trip actually intends to buy the real estate. They just want free booze and to sneak a peak at Joan Collins' caboose!
They go to the island and, little do they know that toxic waste recently fell of a government barge into the water coming ashore. This toxic waste mutates some ants. Do ants usually travel so far into the sand toward the coming tide of water? Anyway....they get mutated, turn into monster ants, and kill of the cheapskates one by one.
Before reading on, you must ask yourself some questions...
Do you enjoy watching elderly people get devoured by ants?
Do you like watching a has-been British snob of an actress boss people around?
Do you like watching Jacqueline Scott, a really corney actress, hit on Robert Lansing, who doesn't have the slightest interest in her, understandably!?
Do you mind seeing Pamela Shoop? Of course not, that's a stupid question. What a 70's hottie!
Do you think you can stand watching enormous, fake-looking props made of cardboard and painted plastic that are supposed to be ant mandables and arms?
How about an entire town that has been brainwashed by the ants into becoming their slaves through pheremone chemical suggestion?
If the answer is "yes," you're good to go! Of course, there's a dude named Larry who is a real WEASLE throughout the movie. Robert Pine plays Larry. Robert Pine was the chief on "Chips," the tv cop show in the 70's. Well, Larry is such a chicken to help his wife that he lets the ants eat her rather than try and save her life. Great guy! Jeez.
Check out this movie; it's fun....
Joan looks lovely running through the woods and going down the river in a rowboat. She's very sexy when she sweats profusely. Not everyone in her party is as fortunate as her though. An elderly couple who can't keep up bite the dust. Also a husband who decides it's cheaper to sacrifice a wife than pay for a divorce watches his wife get devoured. No real loss for him, he already had his eyes on another chick in the little band.
Well the ending is pretty weird. Seems the whole town is under the control of the ants thanks to some kind of Brain washing gas that the people get a whiff of when placed in a glass box with the Queen Ant. Alas poor Joan doesn't make it out of the box. The ant decides she'd rather make a good meal.
I love Joan Collins and got this movie only because of her. She once said this was the most grueling part she ever played. If you like Joan too, I highly suggest this little gem of a film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joan Collins plays conniving real estate scam saleswoman who encounters vicious giant ants with her customers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stacy
This movie is beyond funny, yet there is an undertone of seriousness, (toxic waste being thrown into the ocean!) H G Wells was a dynamite writer! Read morePublished 2 months ago by CINQUE
The spectacular Joan Collins (TALES FROM THE CRYPT) plays unscrupulous real estate agent, Marilyn Fryser, in Bert I. Gordon's ham-fisted opus, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
During the 1970s, when "Earth Day" and recycling really began to come to the public mindset, there were some directors that took advantage of it and sent a message through... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leland
The first third involves the melodrama of the real estate tour party, the next is a typical chase as the party is killed off one by one, then the last section abruptly changes tone... Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. Andrews
This is as silly, cheesy and badly-acted as most low-budget "horror" films, but if you want to scare little kids, this might do the trick. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Faith G
For those who love suspenseful 'creature feature', this setting is Joan Collins as a 'flim flam' sales woman on an investment scam: buy property that will soon be developed and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by SgtSu
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