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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Did You Know?
Warner Brothers initially passed on this picture and expressed little interest. However, when Paramount offered to pick it up, Warners dropped their objection, although they eventually eliminated the 3-D and color aspects. It's hard to understand their little faith in the picture, since The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Ray Harryhausen's first solo effort, had been one of Warner's biggest hits just the year before (1953). See more
The first aerial shot of the ant nest, which is supposedly in the middle of empty desert, reveals not only a well-maintained road but at least 3 clean parked cars within a hundred feet of the as-yet undiscovered nest. See more
And I thought today was the end of them.
Dr. Harold Medford
No. We haven't seen the end of them. We've only had a close view of the beginning of what may be the end of us.
Although the movie was shot in black and white, the film title at the opening credits appears blood red and blue! This was accomplished by Warner's Eastman Color process. See more
A 2-3 minute segment following the projection sequence was excised from the film in the mid-50s following a lawsuit from a real-life scientist whose name was used in the story for a fictional explanation of atomic energy effects on ants. The scene was removed from the negative and has not been restored though it has turned up in some collector's prints. See more