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 heavenly paradise becomes a hellish nightmare when a toxic spill turns harmless ants into rampaging, radioactive reprobates! Stumbling into their creepy lair, a sleazy land developer (Collins) and her clients are horrified to realize that the ants are having a picnic...and humans are on the menu! Fleeing for their lives - only to be squashed underfoot - they soon discover that these bad-boy bugs are hell-bent on exterminating mankind, and building an evil empire where humans check in...but they can't check out!
It all starts when some illegal toxic waste barrels were dumped into the waters off "Dreamland Shores", a future "sporting club" of sorts. Heading the "pleasure cruise" of the doomed is Joan Collins (Tales From the Crypt), a shrewd businesswoman that takes orders from no one. Once on the property, things start to go wrong after a couple goes missing snooping around looking for "faults".
The "tour" finds one of the people alongside the road, dead, and the panic begins. They head back for the boat only to find the boat being overrun by Giant Ants.
Robert Lansing, the Captain of the Boat, sees it from shore and heads out swimming to it only to find that it's probably a lost cause to get them off. His partner is killed by one of the Ants and he decides to blow the boat up by dumping gasoline and lighting it, narrowly escaping.
Once on shore, they realize it's going to be difficult to get back to civilization. The weather moves in and makes it even more difficult for the survivors of "Dreamland Shores" to get out alive....
This is one of those campy, 1970s movies you either hate or love. There was no CGI at hand. They had to use their imagination and prop effects available to them at the time. It worked, but you can't expect "Interstellar" effects back then in a movie like this.Read more ›
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If you have an itching to watch a creature feature, but with the added touch of 70's cheese, then give "Empire of the Ants" a try. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Girod
Animation is poor, story line cheesy, but I LOVED it! I lenjoy old B-rated movies and this is a great rainy day afternoon movie! Read morePublished 4 months ago by janie kelly
Joan Collins plays conniving real estate scam saleswoman who encounters vicious giant ants with her customers. Read morePublished 6 months 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 8 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 9 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
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 21 months ago by C. Andrews
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