7 Killer Bug Horror Movies That RAID Wont Kill


Ah, bugs.  We spray them with poison, step on them and swat them.  It's odd that creatures only a tiny fraction of our size can elicit such strong reactions.  Of course, when you come across one that's as big as a car, well, that's something to fear!

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for monster movies.  I like 'em all, from zombies to werewolves to monsters of unspecified origin.  But I really and truly love a giant bug movie.  There's something about watching oversized arthropods on the rampage that just makes me smile.  If you also enjoy big-bug movies (or are looking to check some out), take a look at what I like to call my lucky seven of giant bug flicks (in no particular order):

The Mist (2007):  These weren't technically giant bugs, but close enough.  The Mist is a film about how people cope with danger and the unknown.  More to the point, it had a lot of bug-like creatures running (and flying) wild.  Just for future reference, if you're ever working for the government (or with anybody really) and they say, "Hey, do you think we should open a dimensional portal?", you should say either one of two things

A)  "No, not at all.  I have absolutely no interest in anything of that sort and I'm prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it."

B)  "Yeah, definitely.  This is the best idea ever.  I'm sorta hungry though, so I'm gonna head to the store.  While I'm gone you might want to check out this puzzle box.  The Lament something-or-other.  Feel free to play with it."

Finally, if you're ever wandering through the streets and you come across a bug the size of an AT-AT, haul ass like a donkey rancher on the way to the glue factory.

Eight Legged Freaks (1986):  If you're looking for a few laughs to go along with your giant bugs, look no further.  David Arquette as the improbable leading-man, banding together with the local townsfolk to battle super-sized spiders.  If you're an arachnophobe, this will be torture.  If you're not, this is good, campy, monster fun.

Mimic (1997):  Directed by the man himself, Guillermo del Toro, Mimic is the tale of scientists using genetically modified bugs to fight an epidemic being caused by roaches.  These bugs (called the "Judas Breed") get too big for their bug-britches and start chowing down on people in the subway.  Wacky misadventures ensue.  This isn't exactly Guillermo's best work, but it's got atmosphere to spare.  On a side note, I'm not sure which is more absurd; that we're supposed to accept that bugs can grow to full human adult size, or that there are entomologists out there as gorgeous as Mira Sorvino.  Either way, if you're into giant bug flicks, this one is worth watching.

Starship Troopers (1997):  Space marines vs. giant bugs.  Not really a horror film, but certainly worth a watch if you like your giant bugs served with a large helping of sci-fi.  The special effects were pretty snazzy back then and they hold up well to this day.  It had some gore, some political commentary and even a few jokes.  If you've never seen it before and you're into giant bugs, it's worth a rental.

Empire of the Ants (1977):  I love this film.  I am in no way joking.  If you've never seen it, allow me to summarize:  Joan Collins vs. giant ants that have enslaved a town (through the use of pheromones) to be their sugar-slaves.  I'm not making this up.  Bad script, bad special effects, bad....everything, really.  CAUTION:  If you watch this while drunk you might die of laughter.

The Fly (1986):  David Cronenberg doing a remake the right way.  This is less of a giant bug movie and more of a half man/half bug movie, but it's absolutely fantastic.  Jeff Goldblum nails it perfectly as the titular monster and Geena Davis really pulls through as his supportive (yet horrified) lover.  A fantastic tale of a teleportation experiment gone wrong and a perfect excuse to kill any flies you come across (as I assume that work on your own teleportation device is nearing completion).

Aliens (1986):  I'm not sure if the aliens of Aliens qualify as giant bugs or not.  They've got a queen and drones, so I'm gonna go with, "Yeah".  Cameron directed this tale of Lt. Ellen Ripley as she (and a squad of space marines) takes on a whole hive of Aliens.  Sigourney Weaver (in the character of Lt. Ripley) basically invented the modern horror heroine, and in this sequel, she proves she's still in top form.  The special effects are good, the dialogue is good and the acting is superb.  If you take everything that makes Empire of the Ants suck, and then reverse it, you'd have Aliens.

So there you have it.  Seven giant bug films that I just love to watch.  I'm sure you guys have seen some other good ones, though.  If you know of any that I should be watching, just let me know (I'll get the Off and the Raid).

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