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
The horror-horde of crawl-and-crush giants you've been hearing about on TV and radio! (Newspaper ad).
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Did You Know?
The viewer never sees more than three giant ants at any one time. That is all that were constructed. See more
While the three leads are in the New Mexico nest, all are covered head to foot for protection, yet none of them wear gloves, not even Peterson, who shoots a flamethrower. Dr. Medford touches the ant saliva with her bare hand, prompting Peterson's famous quote about "spit". 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.
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
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