EMPIRE OF THE ANTS
JOAN COLLINS as Marilyn Fryser
ROBERT LANSING as Dan Stokely
EDWARD POWER as Charlie Pearson
JOHN DAVID CARSON as Joe Morrison
JACQUELINE SCOTT as Margaret Ellis
ALBERT SALMI as Art Kincade
PAMELA SHOOP as Coreen Bradford
ROBERT PINE as Larry Graham
BROOKE PALANCE as Christine Graham
HARRY HOLCOMBE as Harry Thompson
IRENE TEDROW as Velma Thompson
Executive Producer - Samuel Z Arkoff
Assistant Director - Cariline Ann Davis
Director of Photography - Reg Morris
Music by Dana Kaproff
Screenplay by Jack Turley Based on a story by H.G.Wells
Edited by Michael Luciano
Produced and Directed by Bert I Gordon
A group of prospective buyers embark on a tour of up and coming development, Greenland Shores, with tough real estate agent Marilyn Fryser at the helm! But little do they know, the high price for this swampland haven, where the down payment is your life! After a toxic spillage on a nearby beach, the local ant colony
consume the deadly waste. Soon they become too big for your pants, as they try to inherit the earth in the Empire Of The Ants!!
(c) 1977 AIP 91MINS REG 1/2 DVD FROM MGM ....
|DRINK UP DEARIES! YOUR AT YOUR ANT-IES!|
" I've got scars all over! Even at that, I'm lucky! Bert asked us to do things, that actors usually don't do. We were hip deep in swamp water!"
Joan's screams in the film were all too real, as she was in agony, almost drowning in one scene, where the boat they are travelling in turns over and they all end up in the filthy water!
|PHEW THAT SWAMP WATER STINKS!|
As expected reviews were not kind, reviewers missing the point that it was meant to be in the style of the schlocky 50's monster B-movies. The film did do well on the drive-in circuit.
|JOAN! THAT'S NOT AN ANT, IT'S YOUR FAKE EYELASH!|
" This H.G.Wells inspired slice of exploitation, is an above average effort about ants that grow bigger after munching on radioactive waste and then terrorize a group headed by Joan Collins and Robert Lansing. Periodic moments of good special effects are separated by reels of dramatic banality, as players flounder in flimsy dialogue, under sluggish direction."
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY REVIEW....
" In the 50s, Bert I Gordon became notorious for his atomic mutant and giant insect films. So much that he was nicknamed "Mr Big". However he continued even in the 70's making the same old 50s style monster movies, with ultra cheap effects. For 'Ants', he assembled a disaster type character line-up, although is unable to afford any big names other than Robert Lansing and Joan Collins, who delivers a performance, that more than adds to the considerable pile of her camp classics!"
|CAN YOU SEE THE BAGS UNDER MY KNEES!|
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