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King of the Ants -- A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him.


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A young drifter discovers his true calling when he's hired by a mobster to stalk and kill a prominent accountant, and then decides to seek revenge when the stingy thugs try to kill him rather than pay him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chris McKenna ... Sean Crawley (as Chris L. McKenna)

Kari Wuhrer ... Susan Gatley

George Wendt ... Duke Wayne

Vernon Wells ... Beckett
Lionel Mark Smith ... Carl

Timm Sharp ... George

Daniel Baldwin ... Ray Mathews

Carissa Kosta ... Maureen (as Carissa Koutantzis)
Briana Beghi ... Maureen's Daughter

Carlie Westerman ... Catlin Gatley

Ian Patrick Williams ... Tony
Antoine Joseph ... Drooling Idiot

Shuko Akune ... Meade Park

Steve Heller ... Gary (as Steven Heller)
Ken 'Bam Bam' Johnson Jr. ... Apartment Kid
Tino Marquez Jr. ... Apartment Kid
Adam Noble ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Davis ... Big 69 (uncredited)

Ron Livingston ... Eric Gatley (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Gordon 
Writing credits
Charlie Higson (screenplay) (as Charles Higson)

Charlie Higson (novel) (as Charles Higson)

Produced by
Laszlo Bene .... line producer
Stuart Gordon .... co-producer
Duffy Hecht .... producer
Charlie Higson .... co-producer
David Michael Latt .... producer
David Rimawi .... executive producer
Shawn Simons .... associate producer
Sherri Strain .... executive producer
George Wendt .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bobby Johnston 
Cinematography by
Mac Ahlberg 
Film Editing by
David Michael Latt 
Casting by
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Georges Moes 
Art Direction by
Shannon Kemp 
Costume Design by
Stacy Stagnaro 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Albrecht .... assistant hair stylist
Jennifer Albrecht .... assistant makeup artist
Ken Culver .... foam technician
Rocky Faulkner .... key makeup artist
Dan Gates .... special makeup effects artist
Brad Hardin .... makeup effects artist
Glenn Hetrick .... special makeup effects artist
Kari Murillo .... special makeup effects artist
Lancel Reyes .... special makeup effects artist
Reyna Rhone .... special makeup effects artist
John Vulich .... special makeup effects artist
Gary Yee .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Laszlo Bene .... unit production manager
Karl T. Hirsch .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen Roll .... second assistant director
B. Scott Senechal .... first assistant director (as Scott Senechal)
Art Department
Eric Eichelberger .... set dresser
Keleigh Ferguson .... art department
Anastasia Fite .... art assistant
Erin Gruman .... props
Kevin Loo .... assistant art director
Megan Sherwood .... art assistant
Sound Department
Seth Adams .... sound effects recon team (as Seth 'Rags' Adams)
Erika Anderson .... sound effects recon team
Randall James Bol .... boom operator (as Randy Rol)
Aura Gilge .... sound effects recon team (as Aura Belle Gilge)
Dennis Grzesik .... sound recordist
Karl T. Hirsch .... supervising sound designer
Alexis Oscari .... french dubbing mixer
J. Lauren Proctor .... sound effects recon team
Leigh Scott .... sound effects recon team (as Leigh Slawner)
Bryon Werner .... sound effects recon team
Aura Gilge .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Karl T. Hirsch .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects foreman
John Bordeaux .... pyro effects
John C. Hartigan .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Rita Schrag .... optical printing supervisor
Jim Stewart .... optical designer
Makoto Arakawa .... stunts
Joe Davis .... stunts
Keith Splinter Davis .... stunt double (as Keith Davis)
Keith Splinter Davis .... stunts (as Keith Davis)
Tatsuro Koike .... stunt coordinator
Terence J. Rotolo .... stunts
Koichi Sakamoto .... stunt coordinator
Chris Torres .... stunt double
David Wald .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Yogi Allen .... best boy grip
Glendel R. Bondoc .... key grip (as Glendel Bondoc)
Tom Burtis .... grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric (as Jon C. Callesen)
Jeffrey Chin .... best boy electric
Roger Chingirian .... best boy electric
Shannon Davis .... key grip (as Shannon Phillip Davis)
Rick Drapkin .... Steadicam operator
Kelly Farned .... electrician
Avra Fox .... grip
Patrick Gault .... electrician
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer
Brady Hallongren .... camera supervisor
Tom Hejda .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Trevor Houghton .... gaffer
Andrew Korner .... electrician
Jonathan Kosik .... electrician
Brian Lataille .... Steadicam operator
Marcus Lopez .... first assistant camera
Steven A. Lundgren .... additional gaffer
Steven A. Lundgren .... best boy electric
Onofrio Nino Pansini .... camera operator (as Nino Pansini)
Noah Peter .... grip
Sean Piper .... key grip
Kelly Price .... key grip
Jonathan Shier .... second assistant camera
Jayne E. Szollosy .... second assistant camera
Kristopher Van Over .... first assistant camera
Pete Villani .... best boy electric (as Peter Villani)
Byron Werner .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Michael Schiavone .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Albrecht .... wardrobe assistant
Deanna M. Saul .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer (as Bob Frederickson)
Karl T. Hirsch .... first assistant editor
Mark Quod .... dailies colorist
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Gary Weber .... negative cutter
Location Management
William Clark Coit III .... location coordinator (as William Coit)
Duffy Hecht .... location coordinator
Music Department
Karl T. Hirsch .... music editor (as Karl Hirsch)
Transportation Department
Randy Mangum .... transportation captain
Other crew
Pablo Balderas .... production assistant
André Cato .... production assistant
Brian Cohen .... production assistant
Adam Blake Finer .... market researcher
Brady Hallongren .... title opticals supervisor
Chris Harvey .... production coordinator
Brigitte Illmeier .... production assistant
Rommel Invina .... production assistant
Jeremy L. Jeziorski .... production assistant
Bishop Knight .... production assistant
Fong-Xu Ling .... production assistant
Lois Mendez .... production assistant
Kaman Minor .... production assistant
Sandrine Pecmer .... production assistant
Gunnar Petersen .... production assistant
Matthew Poisson .... production assistant
Michael Poisson .... production assistant
Susana Preston .... script supervisor
Emmanuel V. Rumph .... production assistant
Perry Suppa .... film scheduler
Saskia Vogel .... assistant to producers
Alexander Cann .... thanks
Bryan Moore .... thanks
Leigh Scott .... special thanks
John Strysik .... thanks
Aaron Vanek .... thanks
Joe Venegas .... thanks
John Yuan .... special thanks
Matt Yuan .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, nudity and language
102 min
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Criminally underrated, insightful movie, 19 December 2010
Author: Murder Slim ( from United Kingdom

Stuart Gordon is not one of the most famous horror directors, but he's made a number of excellent movies (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, EDMOND) and only a couple of truly bad 'uns (DAGON, ROBOT JOX). Like EDMOND, KING OF THE ANTS is more of a thriller... but ANTS has a number of truly horrific scenes that should ensure its appeal to horror fans.

The story is about Sean, a twenty-something housepainter. He's working with George Wendt, who played another housepainter (Norm) in CHEERS and branches out into being an electrician in this role as "Duke". But while Norm and Duke look damn similar, Duke is a scary guy and a complete a**hole.

Duke quickly realises that Sean is desperate for money to escape his ratty daily grind. Sean is sent to see Matthews... another a**hole played by the reliably loopy and sweaty Daniel Baldwin. Turns out Matthews is a low-level gangster who's willing to pay Sean $13K to kill a lawyer for him. But - after Sean commits the murder - both Duke and Matthews refuse to pay up. Turns out they never believed Sean would take a measly 13K to kill someone, resulting in this great little speech from Duke: "You're nothing. You're a worthless piece of sh** who messed around in something you should have left alone. I don't want to ever see you again... and if I do, I'll kill you and I won't even break into a sweat... You're an insect... you're king of the ants." Yet Sean doesn't give in. Even when he's beaten up, captured and threatened some more. Killing him isn't an option because Sean says his buddy will release information to the police that'll nail Duke and Matthews.

What follows is relentlessly bleak; using violence intelligently (and rarely) to maximise the impact of certain scenes. The brutality - and realism - of the murder makes you feel desperately sorry for the victim. Equally, the torment that Sean is put through - being strapped to a chair and beaten by a golf club until he suffers hallucinations - is very uncomfortable viewing. And that's how a good horror should operate. KING OF THE ANTS doesn't sugar-coat the violence, but it also never allows you to become numb to it.

KING OF THE ANTS works on every level. The bad guys are so vile, you feel like cheering when the disfigured Sean manages to break free. Equally, Sean's descent from a feisty guy to a psychopath is well played. Stuart Gordon isn't flashy in his direction, but the movie's nicely paced and creepily lit. There also some natty latex effects (the wound on Sean's head is particularly impressive) and a truly horrific nightmare sequence, which includes a giant monster eating its own faeces, and a chick with an impressively large chainsaw... oh, and an impressively large penis.

Another thing that lifts KING OF THE ANTS above standard horror/thriller fare is the script, which is adapted from his own novel by British comedy actor Charlie Higson (SWISS TONY, THE FAST SHOW). It's got natural dialogue and a few characters that stick in the head. It's also a clever, deft study of how far a human can be pushed... and what happens when they eventually get chance to push back.

Even as Sean becomes progressively more insane, and dangerously obsessed with his victim's wife, it's still hard not to feel sorry for the guy. You admire him for surviving. And because you feel something for Sean, you're eager to see how things'll turn out for him.

As with other strong low-budget films, it's pretty easy to figure out why KING OF THE ANTS wasn't even a minor hit when it was released. Yes, it doesn't have big stars or a marquee director, but it also didn't do the little things right. It had a dated-looking trailer, poor stock music and a badly designed poster. But its aim is purely to be a good movie, rather than one that revolves around a marketable gimmick. In the long run, the film will win out. Eventually, it'll become a cult movie... so be amongst the first to notice that.

You'll probably have pretty low expectations beforehand, but that's what makes finding a little gem like KING OF THE ANTS all the more gratifying. Give it the good home it deserves, and dig out of the bargain bin at your DVD shop.

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