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Empire of the Ants

Film poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Produced by Bert I. Gordon
Written by Bert I. Gordon
Jack Turley
Starring Joan Collins
Robert Lansing
John Carson
Music by Dana Kaproff
Cinematography Reginald Morris
Editing by Michael Luciano
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s) 1977
Running time 89 min.
Country  United States

Empire of the Ants is a 1977 science fiction horror film by Bert I. Gordon. Based very loosely on Empire of the Ants by H.G. Wells, the plot involves a group of prospective land buyers led by Marilyn Fryser (Joan Collins), who wind up battling giant, mutated ants capable of human mind control.

Special effects

As with most Bert I. Gordon films, the titular menace is mostly shown through photographically enlarged animal footage. This did lead to some problems, as the ant' size would change in some scenes. Perhaps the most noticeable problem with the film is that the ants often appear to suddenly crawl off the ground and begin walking vertically up thin air. This is due to real ants being placed in a set lined with photographs of the locations where the scene takes place. Should an ant walk onto the rear photographs it will consequently appear to walk onto the sky. When the film called for the actors to interact with the ants, large mock-up props are used.


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