In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FANTASTIC MONSTERS ATTACK EARTH! (original ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
Director Gordon Douglas
recalled that during editing, "I asked the editor, 'How does it look?' And he said, 'Fine.' I said, 'Does it look honest?' He said, 'As honest as 12-foot ants can look'." See more
Early on, while the cops investigate inside Gramp Johnson's Store, there is a lamp in the right-hand corner of the screen that is swinging due to strong desert winds. The string that is causing the swinging is clearly discernible. See more
Dr. Harold Medford
[addressing a group of government officials
That, gentlemen, is why you are here - to consider this problem and, I hope, solve it. Because unless you solve it, unless these queens are located and destroyed before they've established thriving colonies and can produce, heaven alone knows, how many more queen ants, man, as the dominant species of life on earth, will probably be extinct within...
[looking at another scientist
Dr. Harold Medford
a year, Doc?
Referenced in Smallville: X-Ray