Monday, 7 February 2011

Empire Of The Ants (1977)

Today I am featuring 2 B&W pictures from the 1977 film Empire of the Ants.

Directed by Bert I. Gordon, based on the short story by H.G. Wells, Joan plays a real estate agent, Marilyn Fryser who wants to sell property to some prospective buyers unaware that some ants have been feeding from steel drums containing Radioactive waste washed up on the beach, causing them to grow to enormous size and end up brainwashing their victims at a sugar refinery.

Made before the days of Dynasty and obviously on a low budget, Joan wears the same outfit (striped shirt, beige sweater and off white gaucho skirt) for the whole 90 minute movie.

Compare that to the mini-series Sins in which she had 85 costume changes - I think we're talking "low budget", Joan mentions in interviews that they even did their own stunts (no doubles on the payroll) and this meant swimming in infested waters of the Florida swamps, complete with crocodiles etc.

Released on DVD in 2002. I have more stills and items from the film for future posts.

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