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Empire of the Ants

Released 1977
Distributor American International Pictures

A late period entry in director Bert I. Gordon’s (Mr. B.I.G.) lifelong fascination with really big things. Here he tackles giant ants (who in turn tackle people) in a very loose adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. Produced by the venerable Sam Arkoff for A.I.P., the movie stars Joan Collins and Robert Lansing, both in dire need of a plus-size can of Raid.

About David del Valle

Journalist, columnist and film historian David Del Valle is one of the leading authorities on the horror/science-fiction/cult & fantasy film genres. As producer and host of a series of television interviews entitled "Sinister Image" his guests ran the gamut from Cameron Mitchell to Russ Meyer. His print articles and profiles have appeared in such publications as Cinefantastique, Scarlet Street, Cult Movies, Fangoria, Films and Filming, Video Watchdog, The Dark Side (UK), and L'Ecran Fantastique of France for which he was also West Coast correspondent. Among his books are "Six Reels Under" and "Lost Horizons Beneath the Hollywood Sign".