When a movie is classified as a bug movie, you can be pretty sure that it will be about the horrors of the massive insect world. Of course, scary does not necessarily have to mean good and those who love animals will naturally avoid such movies.
So, in order to select the top 10 killer bug movies of all time, we have tried to pick those that are famous even among non-bug movie fans.
Here are the top ten killer bug movies of all time.
#10. The Nest (1987)
A menace beyond its citizens’ greatest dreams terrorizes a little New England fishing community. Mutant roaches that consume flesh. These roaches are persistent in their onslaught, murdering anybody they come across and mutating some of the village’s less fortunate residents.
The Nest’s production crew had the brilliant idea of incorporating actual live roaches they found on the street. What they didn’t account for was the bugs’ tenacity.
Years after filming was completed, the studio they hired was infested with roaches. Fortunately, these roaches didn’t appear to care for human flesh.
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#9. Infestation (2009)
When you combine the fundamental ideas of a zombie film with extraterrestrial spiders and wrap it all up in humor, you get this film. Infestation is a bizarre comedy that will not appeal to arachnophobes in the audience.
The film’s campy low-budget look is evocative of alien invasion films from the early days of science fiction cinema. Infestation is what happens when Ed Wood meets Shaun of the Dead.
Ray Wise and the actor who portrayed Leland Palmer in the cult classic Twin Peaks will also be familiar to horror enthusiasts.
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#8. Mimic (1997)
Guillermo del Toro’s second feature film is a scary thriller. The last thing that comes to mind when we encounter a bug is how similar humans and insects are.
Mimic is based on the concept of a superbug that can blend in with people, which it regards as its sole predator.
Many of Mimic’s characteristics, such as practical effects and stunning costumes and makeup, are evident in mimic. However, once the Weinstein brothers revised his initial artistic vision, the filmmaker would subsequently disavow the picture.
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#7. Slither (2006)
Slither is not a film for the faint of heart. An invasion of alien slugs turns a tranquil hamlet into a weird freak show of monstrosities in this violent body horror film. Slither features some of the most inventive monster designs of its time, if that’s one thing you can say about it.
The film is directed by James Gunn and has aspects of the filmmaker’s regular brand of dark humour. Some of the film’s initial sequences had to be toned down because they involved violence against kids, a boundary that not even Gunn was ready to cross.
Slither earned mostly good reviews from reviewers and the general public.
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#6. Phase IV (1974)
Ants are typically considered as the toughest workers and those with the strongest team spirit among insects. When you combine their willpower and ability to work together with their superintelligence, you have the ideal recipe for tragedy.
In Phase IV, a couple of scientists must defend themselves against a collective intelligence of desert ants. It was altered before it was released, though. The desert ants prevail in their conquest of humans and become the new rulers of the earth in the movie’s original conclusion.
Given that there are around 4 million ants for every human on the planet, the idea of intelligent ants ruling the globe doesn’t seem that far-fetched.
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#5. Tremors (1990)
Imagine a shark movie set in the desert, and that’s precisely what 1990s Tremors does. The residents of a tiny desert village are pitted against enormous sandworms in this entertaining thriller. People quickly learn that sandworms can sense when someone treads on the sand, leaving them very little room to navigate around these ferocious insects.
Tremors was originally awarded an R rating by the MPAA for its crude language rather than its violence. The creators had to reduce the number of F-bombs in the picture, which resulted in some humorous dubbed-over lines that replaced several curses.
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#4. The Mist (2007)
Before The Walking Dead, Frank Darabont was recognized for his Stephen King adaptations, such as The Mist from 2007.
Strange insectoid creatures stalk the streets, hunting their prey, after a strange storm traps a group of survivors inside a store.
Derrivat adapted King’s original work with some artistic license. A full rewrite of the story’s finale is one such modification.
We won’t give anything away, but King has stated that he wishes he had conceived of an ending like this while he was writing his novella.
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#3. Them! (1954)
While superintelligent ants may appear to be a terrifying menace, what about huge atomic ants?
Them! transforms 1950s nuclear anxieties into horrifying Ant monstrosities that even the mightiest US Army can defeat.
This is a SciFi B film at its best, and it’s a must-see for anyone who like old atomic period films. Even by today’s standards, the campy action and excellent props for the period make this a really amusing picture.
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#2. Starship Troopers (1997)
Starship Troopers is a film that will leave you wondering who the true villain is. Earth is engaged in a battle with an insectoid extraterrestrial species that has destroyed the metropolis of Buenos Aires in the future.
Even though the bugs are extremely powerful, Earth’s fascist government’s military machine offers humanity the upper hand in this battle.
A superficial examination of the film reveals that it is smarter than it appears. It’s a strong critique of propaganda and the pitfalls of unthinking allegiance to a cause.
While you never root for the bugs, you can’t help but wonder if the actions of the humans might go a little too far sometimes. All of these elements turn Starship Troopers into a SciFi classic that truly endures the test of time.
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#1. The Fly (1986)
In the body horror genre, David Cronenberg is a real legend. His film The Fly, released in 1986, may have cemented his reputation as one of horror’s most visceral directors.
During a teleporting mishap in The Fly, a scientist unintentionally unites with a house fly. As a result, a horrific mutation emerges, which intensifies as the film goes.
The primary protagonist of the novel, inventor scientist Seth Brundle, has clearly demonstrated that the worst things may happen to even the most innocent of persons.
The film is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name, but it is an excellent illustration of how various generations like different sorts of horror films.
Originally, the movie was set to be directed by Tim Burton, which would certainly have resulted in a very different experience than the one we got.
Currently, The Fly was rated at 7.6 on a scale of ten on the IMDb website and received a meta score of 79 on Metacritic.
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