Empire of the Ants (1977)

USA, 1977
89m, 2450 metres
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Plot Summary

Marilyn Fryer’s attempt to defraud a group of people with a real estate scam in the Florida everglades goes disastrously wrong when the group are besieged by a horde of giant ants that have overrun the area.


Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
© American International Pictures, Inc. MCMLXXVII
Samuel Z. Arkoff presents a Bert I. Gordon film. A Cinema 77 film. Released by American International Pictures
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Bert I. Gordon
Screenplay by: Jack Turley
Screen Story by: Bert I. Gordon
Based on the Story by: H.G. Wells
Director of Photography: Reginald Morris
Edited by: Michael Luciano
Music by: Dana Kaproff
Costumer: Joanne Haas
Makeup: Guy Del Russo
Hairdresser: Romaine Greene
Special Makeup: Ellis Burman
Special Effects: Roy Downey
Special Visual Effects: Bert I. Gordon
Production Designer: Charles Rosen
Locations: Jensen Beach, Florida, USA

Joan Collins (Marilyn Fryer)
Robert Lansing (Dan Stokely)
John David Carson as Joe
Albert Salmi (Sheriff Art Kincade)
Jacqueline Scott (Margaret Ellis)
Pamela Shoop (Coreen Bradford)
Robert Pine (Larry Graham)
Edward Power (Charlie Pearson)
Brooke Palance (Christine Graham)
Tom Fadden (Sam Russell)
Irene Tedrow (Velma Thompson)
Harry Holcombe (Harry Thompson)
Jack Kosslyn (Thomas Lawson)
Ilse Earl (Mary Lawson)
Janie Gavin (Ginny)
Tom Ford (workman)
Norman Franklin (Mayor Anson Parker)
Florance McGee (Phoebe Russell)
Jim Wheelus (crewman)
Mike Armstrong (Jim)
Charles Red (cab driver)
Marvin Miller (voice)

Alternative Titles

L’empire des fourmis géantes – France
H.G. Wells’ Empire of the Ants
El imperio de las hormigas
– Venezuela
Imperium mrówek
– Poland
L’impero delle termiti gigantic
– Italy
In der Gewalt der Riesenameisen
– Germany
Massornas krig
– Sweden
Muurahaisten valtakunta
– Finland

Extracts included in
A Century of Science Fiction (1996)



  • Fangoria no.211 (April 2002) p.64-69 – illustrated article (Great Scott! by Tom Weaver)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.9 no.8 (September 2004) p.46 – review (Laserphile: Frightfully Good by Andy Dursin)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.244 no.19 (10 December 1976) p.10 – credits
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.247 no.11 (30 June 1977) p.3 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 no531 (April 1978) pp.64-65 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International 7 July 1979 p.11 – advert
  • Starlog no.285 (April 2001) p.35 – interview with Robert Pine (Acting with ants by Tom Weaver)
  • Time Out no.473 (11 May 1979) p.37 – review
  • Variety 6 July 1977 p.32 – credits, review


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.197
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson p.299 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.333 – illustrated credits, review
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.118; 309
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.119 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.118
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.47-473 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.83
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck p.268
  • Science Fiction Confidential by Tom Weaver – interview with Jacqueline Scott