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An old-fashioned, lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter and situated next to a construction site, is attacked by an army of poisonous ants. Efforts to... See full summary »
Lynda Day George,
Sleazy scam artist Joan Collins tries to sell phony real estate deals down in the Florida everglades. What she and her unsuspecting buyers don't know is the area has been taken over by giant ants!Written by
The original UK cinema version was heavily cut for an 'A' (PG) certificate to reduce sounds of screaming and to heavily edit violence including attack scenes and shots of bloodied bodies. The cuts were restored for the 2002 ILC release and the certificate upgraded to a 15. See more »
Ants have never been feared by man (or woman). Why? Simple: They're small creatures who can't do harm to you even if they tried. But, give them a little radioactive waste, you'll super-size them into giant, mutated killing machines! I wasn't sure what to think of this movie. For starters, I couldn't resist watching this B-movie flick because they always intrigue me. But, on the other hand, this is a movie about giant mutated ants. Well, that wasn't much of a problem. The problem before my viewing of Empire of the Ants was how they would create the ants and how they would look. I mean, this was made in the 70's. Time before CGI (and that's actually a good thing). I was expecting them to just make a little Lego forest and put paper-machete ants in it and film it. But, thankfully, I was wrong. I don't know how they did it, but they did do it well. Damn well! But, as always, there are negatives to be had. My main problem was the characters. They were dull, had no personality, and were just there for the feeding. I'm not saying I wanted Oscar-winning characters, but I would've liked to see some personality. Otherwise, it's just not as fun to see them meet their demise. Also, they didn't play out the town bit well. It was basically just a time-filler. I would've liked to see the ants attack and destroy the town. I mean, a little destructiveness never hurt anybody. Well, not the ones who aren't involved in the destruction.
3 out of 5 stars
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