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
An Endless Terror! A Nameless Horror!
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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 its objection, although it eventually eliminated the 3-D and color aspects. It's hard to understand the studio's lack of faith in the picture, since The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
(1953), Ray Harryhausen
's first solo effort, had been one of the studio's biggest hits of the previous year. See more
When the FBI agent points out on the map where the first atomic bomb was tested, he indicates Southwest of Alamogordo near where White Sands Missile range is located. The Trinity Test Site is actually about 100 miles north of that region, far to the Northwest of Alamogordo. See more
Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
[making a public broadcast
A couple of months ago in the desert of New Mexico, gigantic ants were discovered. These ants are similar in appearance and characteristics to the household and garden pests you are familiar with, except that they are mutations ranging in size from nine to twelve feet in length. The New Mexico colony was destroyed, but two queen ants escaped. One has been accounted for and destroyed. The other has not yet been found but is now known to have established a nest ...
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
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