- Original title
- Running time
- 94 min.
- United States
Sid Hickox (B&W)
Warner Bros. Pictures
Sci-Fi. Horror. Fantasy | B Movie. Nuclear Holocaust. Insects. Monsters
- Synopsis / Plot
- That ol' cinematic devil the A-bomb has spawned a colony of giant murderous ants bent on destroying humanity in this, the seminal big bug movie (an obvious and oft-credited influence for Alien among countless others). The special effects may be dated, but this brilliantly rational-sounding film has held up wonderfully in all other regards, including some starkly effective location work in the high Arizona desert, a genuinely inspired sound design guaranteed to bring on the creepy-crawlies, and an unexpectedly dry sense of humor (mainly personified by Grade-A egghead scientist Edmund Gwenn). This is essential viewing for all those who consider themselves science fiction or horror fans. Heroic hardcase James Arness previously played for the other team as the titular character in The Thing from Another World.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Special Effects
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