Insect Fear films

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  1. Thomas Newton

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    OK, now that "THEM!" is out, what other good "insect fear films" (to crib a phrase from a long-deleted university Web page describing the ant-themed version of an ANTual festival) are out there?

    I'll start the list with a few possibilities:

    CreepShow (last segment, with the cockroaches)

    MANT ("The bad news is that the radiation is causing your head to turn into that of an ant. The good news is that you didn't have any cavities.") Only seen in the form of bits and pieces within Matinee.

    MST3K DVD where they poke fun at some B-grade giant grasshopper movie

    The Fly (original version, modern version).
     
  2. Fred Bang

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    There's ARACHNOPHOBIA and Eight-legged freaks (I guess).

    There's also an ant movie called Phase IV (i think) which was OK (for the time).

    Let's also mention WAR OF THE COPROPHAGES, one of the best X-Files episode out there.
     
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    There were many "Giant Bug" films made in the 50's. Many of them were grade Z quality.
    THEM! is easily the best of the bunch.
    Another very good one was Jack Arnold's Tarantula.
    Mothra is a fantastic fantasy film - It's a very classy production & not your typical Japanese monster cheese-fest.
    Tremors is a fantastic parody of this genre.
    In a way Starship Troopers could be considered a bug film.
    Mysterious Island has a classic sequence involving Giant Bees.
    I also remember some pretty awful ones made in the 70's like The Swarm & Empire of the Ants.
     
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    Didn't see that MST3K episode, Thomas, but I just bet the movie they pilloried and parodied would have to be The Beginning of the End, starring Peter Graves. It's the only giant-grasshopper flick I know of.
     
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    Can't go wrong with the Hellstrom Chronicles
     
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    And Phase IV--a vastly underrated, tragically overlooked, and genuine SF film made with wit and panache. Excellent little film. The ants remained their normal size, but their intelligence overgrew their human scientist victims'.
     
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    I've always loved the cockroach infested film The Nest. It has some genuinely suspensful moments and very respectable special effects in the latter half. It's available on DVD as part of the Roger Corman Collection. You can probably find it for around $10 online...
     
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    Some REALLY fun killer insect films that I love are:
    MOSQUITO- a huge favorite!
    TICKS
    MIMIC
    THE NEST
    Also, the animals in these films aren't insects, but they are "creepy crawlies", and the films are great fun, so:
    SLUGS
    SQUIRM
     
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    One of my favorites is "The Naked Jungle" starring Charlton Heston and Elenor Parker. The film takes place in the jungles of Brazil.




    Crawdaddy
     
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    Has anyone here seen TWILIGHT OF THE ROACHES? Not so much a fear factor film, as a tragedy. I saw it in a double bill, paired with WATERSHIP DOWN...
     
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I know it's not a "bug" film, but there are plenty of scenes with various creatures.
     
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    --And here's the rest (also includes other members of the arthropod family):

    (SHERLOCK HOLMES AND) THE SPIDER WOMAN (1944)
    THE BLACK SCORPION (1957)
    THE DEADLY MANTIS (1957)
    RODAN (1957-Japanese, first third of film involves scary giant bugs killing miners)
    THE COSMIC MONSTERS (1958-British, enlarged insects invade from another dimension)
    EARTH VS. THE SPIDER (1958)
    MONSTER FROM GREEN HELL (1957, giant mutant wasps)
    THE FLY (1958)
    RETURN OF THE FLY (1959)
    THE FLY (1986)
    THE FLY II (1989)
    ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (1959)
    ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957)
    HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1959-German)
    THE WASP WOMAN (1960)
    THE OUTER LIMITS: ZZZZZ (1964 TV series episode, super-intelligent bees plot to take over)
    THE OUTER LIMITS: THE ZANTI MISFITS (1964 TV episode, alien ant-men on the loose!)
    THIS NIGHT, I'LL POSSESS YOUR CORPSE (1966-Brazillian, the spider sequence)
    SON OF GODZILLA (1967-Japanese, co-starring giant mantises and a huge spider)
    GREAT INSECT WAR (1968-Japanese)
    THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968-British, woman turns into giant blood-sucking moth!)
    THE HELLSTROM CHRONICLE (1971, insect documentary with a creepy host who goes on and on about how they will soon rise up and defeat all mankind)
    ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY: A FEAR OF SPIDERS (1971 TV series episode)
    ROD SERLING'S NIGHT GALLERY: THE CATERPILLAR (1971 TV series episode)
    INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)
    THE DEADLY BEES (1967-British)
    ALONG CAME A SPIDER (1969 made-for-TV)
    THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971-British, the locust sequence)
    DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972-British, the scorpion sequence)
    THE SAVAGE BEES (1976 made-for-TV)
    TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978 made-for-TV sequel to "THE SAVAGE BEES")
    THE BEES (1978)
    ANTS! (1977 made-for-TV, a.k.a. "IT HAPPENED AT LAKEWOOD MANOR")
    TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977 made-for-TV)
    BUG (1975, flame-farting giant roaches!)
    FOOD OF THE GODS (1976, giant wasps and worms)
    GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1976)
    DAMNATION ALLEY (1977, giant scorpions and man-eating roaches)
    CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW (1977 made-for-TV)
    KISS OF THE TARANTULA (1977)
    KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS (1977)
    ISLAND CLAWS (1980, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS...except with crabs this time)
    BLOOD BEACH (1981, giant man-eating worms beneath the sand)
    THE BEAST WITHIN (1982, troubled teen becomes giant cicada!)
    CREEPERS (1984-Italian, Jennifer "yum" Connelly has psychic control over insects)
    BLUE MONKEY (1987, giant bug loose in prison!)
    CENTIPEDE HORROR (1988-Hong Kong)
    SKEETER (1994)
    MEN IN BLACK (1997)
    [list compiled without the help of IMDB [​IMG]]
     
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    Also spoofed in MST3K episode KTMA #9 !


    So were these:
    THE BLACK SCORPION
    THE DEADLY MANTIS
    THE BEGINNING OF THE END
    GIANT SPIDER INVASION
    EARTH VS THE SPIDER
    SQUIRM
     
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    Ants (TV)
    Arachnid
    Arachnophobia
    Attack of the Giant Leeches
    Beaks: The Movie
    Bees, The
    Beginning of the End
    Black Scorpion, The
    Bug
    Crawlers
    Creepers
    Creepshow
    Deadly Bees, The
    Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Invasion (TV)
    Deadly Mantis, The
    Eight Legged Freaks
    Empire of the Ants
    Giant Spider Invasion, The
    Killer Bees, The (TV)
    Kingdom of the Spiders
    Legion of Fire: Killer Ants! (TV)
    Mimic
    Mosquito
    Nest, The
    Phase IV
    Revenge of the Savage Bees (TV)
    Savage Bees, The (TV)
    Skeeter
    Slugs
    Spiders
    Spiders 2
    Squirm
    Swarm, The
    Tarantula
    Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (TV)
    Them!
    They Nest (TV)
    Ticks
     
  18. Mark Palermo

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    Since nobody else has pointed it out, MANT isn't a real movie. The pieces of it you've seen were created for Joe Dante's MATINEE.

    Mark
     
  19. Thomas Newton

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    That's why I said it was only seen in the form of bits and pieces. The rest of the movie exists only in the Twilight Zone.

    What we need is someone to come forward and make the whole film ... the other parts whose rough plot you can probably guess from the references to The Fly, King Kong, etc.
     
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Especially the part where Indy, Shorty and Kate Capshaw are in the room with all the bugs.
     

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