July’s MONSTROUS QUESTION – Answer # 5 – Nick Cato
THE MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH – JULY
(Monstrous Questions of the Month provided by Michael Arruda)
This Month’s Question:
Excluding JAWS, what is your pick for the ultimate summer horror movie?
NICK CATO RESPONDS (WITH THE FINAL ANSWER TO THIS MONTH’S QUESTION):
On a hot summer afternoon in July 1977, my cousins and I went to see EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977), which at the time (considering we were all around 9 years old) we thought was some kind of sci-fi masterpiece. Of course it hit us a few years later just how horrible this thing was, but it is a genuinely entertaining “summer monster movie.”
The film takes place in a resort area of Florida, so the stage is already set for that summer-time feel. Add a few hundred Cadillac-sized ants that are capable of brainwashing humans to do their bidding, PLUS “Dynasty” star Joan Collins in an irritating supporting role, and the film holds up to great annual viewings on your laptop at family picnics.
Just as JAWS (1975) kept people out of the water, EMPIRE OF THE ANTS has managed to keep me out of Florida (at least that’s what I tell people).
(And as an added treat – the even cooler UK poster for EMPIRE OF THE ANTS!)