Our April all-night Schlock-O-Thon anniversary fast approaches, and to get you in the mood we have a cinematic B-movie feast in store for our March episode. As those who know us are well aware, your Team Fantasmo has a taste for giant critter films, so they feature frequently at Fantasmo. And in terms of giant critters, perhaps none are more vicious than the deadly killer ant! So, we've separated the wheat from the chaff and selected two of the very "best" giant, killer ant films for your viewing pleasure . . .
Our first film is the 1954 classic Them!, starring James Whitmore, in which atomic testing leads to the creation of giant, mutant ants. Not surprisingly, peaceful cohabitation is not on the menu, especially when these ants have a taste for yummy people. Lots of cool 50’s special effects, and an amazing finale in the Los Angeles storm drains ensue. The second film on the bill is the 70’s drive-in classic Empire of the Ants, from legendary B-film maestro Bert I. Gordon. In this one a pre-Dynasty Joan Collins plays a greedy businesswoman trying to pawn off a sham housing development to naïve investors. Wouldn’t you know it sits on a toxic waste dump which has (you guessed it) led to the creation of giant, killer ants! 70’s cheese gets no better than this!
Here are your full Episode 35 details:
When: Saturday, March 22, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road
8:00 p.m. - Them! (1954) - Not Rated
9:45 p.m. - Empire of the Ants (1977) - Rated PG
You absolutely have to see these critters on our gi-ant screen to completely appreciate the ginormous terror they unleash! See you there!