Empire of the Ants
The 1970s were a strange time for the movies. Especially when it came to horror and science fiction movies. And one of the most bizarre of all the hybrid horror-sci-fi genres to rear its ugly head was the nature-run-amok school of movies. You know, pictures like Prophecy, Food of the Gods, Night of the Lepus, Frogs, and Squirm; movies wherein the animal kingdom gets its just revenge on all of the carcass-eating, pollution-spewing, toxic waste-worshiping humans. Of course, this particular subgenre of movies was nothing new. In the 1950s, there was a whole run of horror-sci-fi movies dealing with bad science and even worse scientists bent on destroying the world. Movies, of course, reflect the times. So in a post-atom bomb age there are mad scientists, and for a post-toxic age there is Empire of the Ants. MGM Home Entertainment's disc of the film is part of their excellent Midnight Movies series. Letterboxed (1.85:1) and anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs, the film looks surprisingly good considering what a low-budget affair it is. So when you're watching this disc and you find yourself chuckling at how cheap the special effects are (and they are), keep reminding yourself that those ant "effects" are the best they've ever looked. The disc has been given multiple language options (English, French, and Spanish mono) and has also been equipped with French- and Spanish-language subtitles. A fantastic theatrical trailer is also included.