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Police Sgt. Ben Peterson finds a little girl wandering aimlessly in the New Mexico desert and they trace her to the family's camping trailer a few miles away. There is no sign of her parents and the trailer itself has been badly damaged. Soon after, Peterson's partner and the owner of a general store are also killed. They're not sure what they have on their hands but are soon joined by FBI Agent Robert Graham and two doctors from the Department of Agriculture, Harold Medford and his daughter Pat. They discover that there is a nest of giant mutated ants resulting from the atomic tests in the desert 10 years before. They don't quite manage to kill all of them however and the ants migrate to Los Angeles and establish a nest in the vast subterranean sewer system.
The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation!
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Release Date: June 16, 1954
Runtime: 94 mins
All Genres: Sci-Fi, Horror
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T
MPAA Rating: Approved
James Whitmore ...Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
Edmund Gwenn ...Dr. Harold Medford
Joan Weldon ...Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford
James Arness ...Robert Graham
Onslow Stevens ...Brig. Gen. Robert O'Brien
Sean McClory ...Maj. Kibbee
Chris Drake ...Trooper Ed Blackburn
Sandy Descher ...The Ellinson Girl
Mary Alan Hokanson ...Mrs. Lodge (as Mary Ann Hokanson)
Don Shelton ...Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards
Fess Parker ...Alan Crotty
Olin Howland ...Jensen (as Olin Howlin)
Marshall Bradford ...Psychiatrist (scenes deleted)
Richard Bellis ...Mike Lodge
John Beradino ...Patrolman Ryan
Robert Berger ...Patrolman Sutton
Oscar Blanke ...Alcoholic Ward Patient
Willis Bouchey ...Official at D.C. Meeting
Richard Boyer ...Trooper #1
Waldron Boyle ...Doctor
Alexander Campbell ...Official
James Cardwell ...Officer
Roydon Clark ...Jeep Driver
John Close ...Johnny, Police Aircraft Pilot
Booth Colman ...Reporter
James Conaty ...Washington Official
Robert Scott Correll ...Jerry Lodge
Walter Coy ...Reporter
Dean Cromer ...MP Sergeant
Richard Deacon ...Bald reporter, Los Angeles news conference
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Russell S. Hughes
George Worthing yates
More Movie Taglines:
- The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation!
- FANTASTIC MONSTERS ATTACK EARTH! (original ad
- all caps)
- A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!
- Kill one and two take its place!
- This city is under martial law until we annihilate THEM!
- An Endless Terror! A Nameless Horror!
- The Sci-Fi Classic of the Atomic Age
- Dr. Harold Medford: We may be witnesses to a Biblical prophecy come true - 'And there shall be destruction and darkness come upon creation and the beast shall reign over the earth.'
Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford: [observing the tunnel walls] Look! Held together with saliva! Ben Peterson: Yeah! Spit's all that's holding me together right now, too.
[the nest has been saturated with cyanide] Robert Graham: Boy, if I can still raise an arm when we get out of this place, I'm gonna show you just how saturated *I* can get.
Robert Graham: And I thought today was the end of them. Dr. Harold Medford: No. We haven't seen the end of them. We've only had a close view of the beginning of what may be the end of us.
Dr. Harold Medford: None of the ants previously seen by man were more than an inch in length - most considerably under that size. But even the most minute of them have an instinct and talent for industry, social organization, and savagery that makes man look feeble by comparison.
- When this movie was first released in Sweden, it was strangely named "Spindlarna" (which translates as 'The Spiders')
Was originally supposed to be filmed in color. Two days before shooting began, a nervous studio cut the budget, and the film had to be made in black and white. However, in the opening credits, the title is shown in bright red against a black-and-white background.
It was also supposed to be in 3-D. Some elements of the 3-D effects, such as the ants having extreme close-ups and the flame throwers shooting straight into the camera, were used in the film.
This was Warner Bros.' highest grossing film of 1954.
The flamethrowers used in the movie were standard World War 2 weapons and were loaned by the US Army. The actors handling the weapons were WW2 combat veterans who had actually used them in battle.
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