รีวิวหนังสัตว์ขย้ำ หม่ำมนุษย์ : Empire of the Ants (1977)

รีวิวหนังสัตว์ขย้ำ หม่ำมนุษย์ : Empire of the Ants (1977)

Empire of the Ants (1977) Back in the late seventies, every possible animal was being tapped as a potential movie villain, thanks to the success of Jaws. In 1977, Hollywood producers must have thought the next hot ticket would be ants. Two movies featuring killer ants were released that year, and one of them, It Happened At Lakewood Manor (also known as Ants) was a made-for-TV feature, and is one of the most god-awful films I have ever seen (for more on that, check out C.C.C. Issue 15).

I held out hope that the other killer ant film from that year—Empire of the Ants, which is based on a story by legendary sci-fi writer H.G Wells and directed by the guy behind The Food of the Gods—would be more in-line with one of the greatest killer insect films ever, 1957’s Them! As it turns out, Empire of the Ants has more in common with Them! as far as content goes. As far as quality, it’s in a whole other league.

The film opens with a voice-over and close up stock footage of ants going about their business.

The tour hits a speed bump when giant, vicious ants attack the group. Their boat gets destroyed, everyone becomes stranded, and the ants herd the escaping humans to their doom.

It’s painfully obvious the ants were filmed from behind glass—at one point, an ant climbs onto the sky.

The actors take the whole film very seriously, which severely clashes with the sub-par visual effects. Their responses to the ants come off as funny more than genuine.  However, the acting in the scenes with just humans present is passable, especially considering some of the cheesy dialogue. ดูหนังออนไลน์

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รีวิวหนังสัตว์ขย้ำ หม่ำมนุษย์ : Piranha (2010)

รีวิวหนังสัตว์ขย้ำ หม่ำมนุษย์ : Piranha (2010)


Piranha (2010) It’s been a crazy month of animals run amok, from killer fish and crocodiles to giant spiders and snakes, but now I’ve finally arrived at the last review for this year’s Creepy Cinema. If you missed any of the reviews, check back on my blog to find them.

Yesterday I reviewed the cult classic Piranha, and today, I’m looking at the remake from 2010 (often referred to as Piranha 3D, despite the 3D part not really applying anymore), which I watched before the original—at the theatre, in 3D, on my 16th birthday, to be precise. I watched it with a bunch of friends, and none of them elicited the same response I did.

They were generally unimpressed and thought what they saw was bad.

If you have shown any interest in even a few of the films I’ve reviewed this month, then it should be of no surprise to hear that I love this movie, and you will likely agree with me.

The basic premise of a bloodthirsty school of piranhas attacking innocent swimmers remains the same, but this remake alters the setting and piranha origins enough to make it fresh and not just an imitation of the original. This time around, an earthquake opens a fissure at the bottom of Lake Victoria, which connects to an underground lake filled with prehistoric piranhas and their millions of eggs.

This happens in the opening scene, where a fisherman (played by Richard Dreyfuss, A.K.A. Matt Hooper from Jaws) gets sucked into a whirlpool caused by the opening of the fissure, and he’s eaten by the piranhas. The story follows the typical spring-break antics on Lake Victoria, including swimming, drinking, wet t-shirt contests, bikinis, boobs, butts, sex, drugs, and all that good stuff.

The piranhas soon reveal themselves, and the lake turns into a bloodbath. Everyone is fighting for their lives as the ravenous fish swarm anyone in the water and strip them. Of flesh. Not their swim suits. Well, actually they do that as well, but more by default than on purpose.

 While the original was not overly thrilling or impressive, this movie is balls-to-the-wall and literally goes for the jugular. How it achieved an R-rating and not an NC-17 blows me away. I was floored the first time I saw it. Even on repeat, it’s still entertaining as hell. That’s not to say the fish don’t deliver. The piranhas are fearsome-looking and get just the right amount of screen time. ดูหนังออนไลน์

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