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Empire of the Ants

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Joan Collins stars in this hilarious giant bug epic. Producer-director Bert I. Gordon, the genius behind such stuff-grows-really-big films as The Amazing Colossal Man and Village of the Giants, brings us a cautionary tale of what can happen when pollution, real-estate scams, and social insects mix. Collins, an absolute portrait of the valiant trouper who keeps plugging away no matter how bad the script gets, stars as shady land developer Marilyn Fryer. Marilyn is by only a small margin the sleaziest of a band of characters so repellent it's hard not to root for the ants (who, by the way, grow really big). A ludicrous plot and jaw-droppingly bad dialogue make Empire of the Ants ideal for late-night viewing. Watch it with your most vicious circle of friends. DVD version includes the original trailer and French and Spanish subtitles. -Ali Davis

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  • Actors: Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John David Carson, Robert Pine, Edward Power
  • Directors: Bert I. Gordon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O070
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Empire of the Ants" on IMDb

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Run for the hills (or the Raid)! Bert I. Gordon, aka Mr. Big (due to his penchant for making films involving giant creatures, and also, it's his initials), brings on some serious cinematic pain with his rendition of author H.G. Wells story Empire of the Ants (1977). Other cinematic examples of Gordon's super-sizing include Beginning of the End (1957), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), Earth vs the Spider (1958), Attack of the Puppet People (1958), and The Food of the Gods (1976). Gordon, certainly a man of many hats, not only wrote (adapted from an H.G. Wells story), directed and produced the film, but he also was in charge of the special effects. The film stars Joan Collins of TV's Dynasty, Robert Lansing, whose television credits are too numerous to mention but is most familiar to me from the 1959 film 4D Man, and perennial 70's television stars John David Carlson and Jacqueline Scott.

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...
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1977 B-Movie starring Joan Collins, who gives free cruises to people in hopes they will invest in a soon to be built tourist dreamland. The only problem is the island that "Dreamland Shores" is located on is also occupied by huge ants. Contains all the elements you want in a classic b-movie, such as huge mutated insects, fantastic dialog, low-budget special effects, and an actress (in this case Joan Collins) who went on to bigger things and probably wants this movie to be forgotten.
Based on H.G. Wells book of the same title. Also features Robert Pine of "CHiPS" fame.
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Quick plot synopsis of "Empire of the Ants!"....

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....
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Hold onto your wits and hold on for a wild ride as Joan Collins leads the way on this South Florida adventure. Joan is in the real-estate business, actually she's a con artist trying to sell worthless swampland to anyone that will listen. The would-be customers gather on the boat for a free ride and refreshments. Once at the location, the high pressure sales pitch begins. Little do they know that some ants have been swimming in radioactive waste and are now the size of Cadillacs.

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.
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