Empire of the Ants
Empire of the Ants (1977)

Based on a story by H.G. Wells, this unintentionally funny sci-fi horror thriller centers on the travails of foolish property buyers who unwittingly purchase land that is dangerously close to a nuclear waste dump. Due to a radiation leak,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 1977
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Variety Staff

Periodic moments of good special effects are separated by reels of dramatic banality as players flounder in flimsy dialog and under sluggish direction.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

You'll be rooting for the ants.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Teaming Collins with ants is pure Bert I. Gordon.

Time Out

It's all drastically boring.

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TV Guide

Laughable exploitation film results in a complete waste of time and talent.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bert I. Gordon makes ant crap out of an H.G. Wells short story he loosely adapted to the big screen.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

The movie swarmed into local theaters yesterday; unfortunately, the insects and the people in this mélange of ersatz science-fiction and dull adventure deserve one another.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

One of those movies that's a nailbiter for a little kid, but laughable when revisted as an adult.

Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Cheap special effects and nonexistent horror in a 'horror' flick make for one boring waste of celluloid.

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More reviews for Empire of the Ants

Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Very poorly made, obvious allusions to Jaws, and a cast of unlikable characters. This is a really silly one that gets on your nerves a lot of the time because… More
Daniel Dolgin
Underrated B horror right here, I mean I expected more from the critics and audience alike. The cheap special greenscreen effects, were hysterical. The best… More
Aj V
Did we really need another giant ant movie? I don't think so, skip this movie and see Them instead. This one isn't too terrible, but it's not… More
Brandon Siddall
Empire of the Ants is a celebration of old 50's Monster Movies and how the genre was absolutely terrible. You have ants that are blown up and superimposed… More
Randy Tippy
To say that this is a cheap production would be an insult to cheap productions. It's not funny-bad or campy-bad, it's just plain bad-bad. Watch it… More
Marcus Woolcott
Improves towards the end, but by that point it's too late.