Top 10 killer Bug Movies of All Time

Top 10 killer Bug Movies of All Time

Who doesn’t love bugs? These little creepy crawlers usually remain plain out of sight. Of course, in some cases, things can get really dangerous, especially when they’re trying to eat you from the inside out, from worms to cockroaches and everything in between. Bugs have been a staple of the horror genre since its inception.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the top ten killer bug movies of all time.

#10. The Nest (1987)

The Nest (1987)


A small New England fishing village is terrorized by a horror beyond its Citizen’s wildest nightmares. Flesh-eating, mutant roaches. These roaches are relentless in their attack, violently killing everyone they come across and mutating some other less fortunate inhabitants of the village.


The production team behind the Nest had the wonderful idea of using real live roaches they picked up from the street. What they couldn’t predict was the cockroaches’ resilience.

As years after filming ended, the studio they used was left with a plague of roaches. Luckily, these roaches didn’t seem to fancy human meat.

Watch The Nest (1987)

#9. Infestation (2009)

Infestation (2009)


This movie is what you get when you mix the basic elements of a zombie movie with alien spiders and wrap it all up in comedy. Infestation is a wacky comedy that definitely won’t be as fun for the arachnophobes in the audience.


The campy low budget aesthetic of the film is reminiscent of the alien invasion films from the early days of scifi movies. Think Ed Wood meets Shaun of the Dead and you get Infestation.

Also, horror fans will surely recognize Ray Wise and the cast who played Leland Palmer in the legendary Twin Peaks.

Watch Infestation (2009) 

#8. Mimic (1997)

Mimic (1997)


This creepy movie is the second feature film by now iconic filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. When we see a bug, the last thing we think of is how similar humans and insects are.


Mimic takes the idea of a superbug that can become indistinguishable from humans, a species it sees as its only predator.


Many of Mimic’s trademarks are present in mimic, including practical effects and amazing costumes and makeup. That said, the filmmaker would later disown the film after the Weinstein brothers changed his original creative vision.

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#7. Slither (2006)

Slither (2006)


Slither is not a movie for the squeamish. This gory body horror flick deals with an invasion of alien slugs that turn a quiet town into a bizarre freak show of monstrosities. If there’s one good thing to say about Slither is that it has some of the most creative monster designs of its time.


Directed by James Gunn, the film has some elements of the filmmaker’s usual brand of dark comedy thrown into the mix. The movie had to tone down some of its original scenes as some of them included violence towards minors, a line not even Gunn was willing to cross.

Slither received generally positive reviews from both critics and the audience.

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#6. Phase IV (1974)

Phase IV (1974)


In the insect world, ants are widely regarded as the hardest workers and the ones with the best team spirit. Combine their determination and teamwork abilities with superintelligence, and you get the perfect recipe for disaster.


Phase IV sees a pair of scientists fending off a collective intelligence of desert ants. Although it was changed before release. The original ending of the movie sees the desert ants succeeding in their conquest of humanity and becoming the new rulers of the world.

Considering there are approximately one 4 million ants for each human in the world, the prospect of intelligent ants becoming our rulers doesn’t sound too farfetched.

Watch Phase IV (1974)

#5. Tremors (1990) 

Tremors (1990) 


Imagine a shark movie set in the middle of the desert, that’s exactly what 1990s Tremors achieves. This fun thriller pits the inhabitants of a small desert town against giant sandworms. The people soon realize that the sandworms can feel whenever someone steps on the sand, leaving them with little room to maneuver around these fiery insects.

Originally, Tremors was given an R rating by the MPAA not for its violence but for its coarse language. The producers had to tone down on the F-bombs, leaving the film with some hilarious dubbed-over lines, replacing many swears.

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#4. The Mist (2007)

The Mist (2007)



Before the Walking Dead Frank Darabont was well known for its Stephen King film adaptations, including 2007’s The Mist.


After a mysterious storm, a group of survivors is left trapped inside a supermarket outside, weird insectoid creatures roam the streets, haunting their prey.

Derrivat took some creative liberties adapting King’s original novel. One such change is a complete revamp of the story’s conclusion.


We won’t spoil it here, but let’s just say that King has said that he wishes he had thought of an ending like this one when he wrote his novella.

Watch The Mist (2007)

#3. Them! (1954)

Them! (1954)


Sure, Superintelligent ants might sound like a fearsome threat, but what about giant atomic ants?


Them! takes the nuclear fears of the 50s and turns them into terrifying Ant monstrosities that not even the mighty US Army can takedown.

This movie is a scifi B movie at its finest, and it’s definitely a mustsee for any fans of classic atomic era movies. The campy action and impressive props for the time make this a very enjoyable film even by today’s standards.


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#2. Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers (1997)


Starship Troopers is a movie that will make you question who’s the real bad guy of the story. In the future, Earth is involved in a war with an insectoid alien race who has destroyed the city of Buenos Aires.


Even though the bugs are brutally powerful, the military machine of Earth’s fascist government gives humans the upper hand in this fight.

The film is smarter than a surface-level analysis might show. It’s a clear commentary on propaganda and the dangers of blind servitude to an ideology.


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)

The Fly (1986)


David Cronenberg is a true legend in the body horror genre. His 1986 film The Fly might be the one that earned him the recognition as one of horror’s most visceral directors.


In The Fly, a scientist accidentally fuses himself with the house fly during a teleporting accident. The result is a gross mutation that worsens as the movie progresses.


Inventor scientist Seth Brundle, the main protagonist of the story, has clearly shown that the worst things can happen even to the more innocent of characters.

The movie is a remake of Source of the original 1958 flick of the same name, but it is a perfect example of how different generations prefer different types of horror movies.


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. 

Watch The Fly (1986) Trailer

This was our Top 10 killer Bug Movies list. We have been able to compile a great list of the Best killer Bug Movies ever made. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

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