Based (very) loosely on a 1905 short story by HG Wells, this AIP production starred Joan Collins as shady real estate agent Marilyn Fryser, who is trying to sell worthless “beachfront property” on an island in the Florida swamps to a bunch of suckers in pastel leisurewear.
Unfortunately, barrels of radioactive waste dumped into the ocean have washed ashore on the island and mutated the local population of ants.
Marilyn and her prospective buyers stumble upon the lair of giant ants, who destroy their boat and chase the group through the bayous.
Her sales pitch ruined, Marilyn and the group’s surviving members eventually discover the local island town.
There, they are faced with the realisation that the giant ants feeding on the sugar at the local sugar refinery are doing so with the assistance of the island’s human inhabitants.
Using pheromones, the Queen Ant has the entire town under her control.
The film was shot on location in the Everglades and St. Lucie and Martin Counties in Florida.
John David Carson
Sheriff Art Kincade
Bert I. Gordon