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Bugs may be faster and stronger than us; they may be able to suck our blood, and they may reproduce faster than we can kill them, but at least we have one advantage: our size. We can swat them with our hands, or with a rolled up newspaper. And we can step on them and crush them like a bug.
Giant Man Eating Bugs on the other hand, don't have that weakness. They're fast, vicious and freakishly huge. In fact, they see us puny humans as bugs that they want to squish or wrap up in their evil webs so that their horrid bug children can feast on our entrails.
Here is my list of the top ten giant bug movies featuring an assortment of enormous insects.
Giant intelligent bugs battle space marines on alien worlds. Impressive bugfights and special effects. The annoying neo fascist humans sort of make you want to cheer for the bugs.
Did you know that giant bugs actually existed millions of years ago during the Carboniferous era? According to scientists, the enormous sized insects that lived back then were possible because of the greater oxygen in the atmosphere.
An alien spacecraft crash lands on Earth and its occupants are strung by a mosquito, which immediately mutates into a Giant Killer Mosquito the size of a german shepherd. And it has a big appetite to match.
Naturally giant alien mosquitoes, as with all mutated freaks, decide to suck the blood of humans instead of picking on easier targets such as cows. But then it wouldn't be much of a horror movie if these bugs were well behaved.
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A government experiment goes horribly wrong and sexy big breasted women are turned into human bees. They then go about taking their clothes off a lot and killing all the guys they mate with.
Interestingly the resulting human-bug hybrid retains its big breasted sexiness. Unfortunately it also comes with a deadly bee stinger, which means that a lot of would be lotharios end up dead.
This is a truly unique movie combing the breasts and bees. Great 1970s exploitation cinema.
Yet another government project gone awry -- this time it's nuclear testing -- leads to giant murdering ants that go on a rampage and ruin a lot of picnics.
Although the special effects are dated, this is a really good movie. The ants disagree, however, claiming that it depicts them in a stereotypical fashion. They have lodged complaints and have boycotted this film.
In this movie the government screws up yet again and another experiment gone wrong leads to giant locusts eating their way through Chicago.
Giant bug movies have a recurrent theme: don't trust government scientists. They will mess things up and create big breasted bee human hybrids or even worse, giant spiders, ants and other assorted bugs. Why can't these mad scientists just leave things bee. Get the pun?
William Shatner delivers an excruciatingly so-bad-it's-good performance as a man battling giant carnivorous spiders. Also features a commendable supporting actress performance from Bessie the Cow. Don't ask. There is no escaping their web of terror! Ah ah, as usual giant bugs bring out the best puns!
At least they can't blame the government for this one: a cosmetic company's experimental anti-aging serum made from Royal Wasp Jelly results in the test subject turning into a Giant Man Eating Wasp. If you love cheesy 1950s horror flicks, this one is one of the best.
Giant black scorpions live miles underneath the earth eating - what? Then an earthquake releases them from their underground lair and they discover that humans are quite tasty.
In a future New York City, cockroaches are spreading a disease the kills children. To combat the illness, government scientists breed genetically engineered cockroaches to combat the disease-carriers. Naturally, the scientists mess up the world yet again. If only we had stayed in the stone age, at least science would not have unleashed giant man eating bugs on our population!
At first the plan to use bugs to kill other bugs seems to go well. But then the mutant cockroaches start to breed and to adapt in order to mimic their prey. Now the man-sized coclroaches are are breeding lke, well, cockroaches and threatening to overrun the City.
This is one of the best giant bug movies, in my opinion.
With a title like this, you can be pretty sure that your are in for a giant bug treat. And so you are: Fire-spewing giant cockroach-like things live underground until an earthquake forces them above-ground. They are virtually indestructible and cook people with fire that spurts out of their behinds.
Lots of people die from horrible special effects.
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John McCommas from Willimantic, Connecticut on February 22, 2014:
When I was a kid I love this S**t! Sometime after the Saturday Cartoons I would grab the TV Guide off the coffee table and look for these crazy movies. They came on in the day on Sat and Sundays. Anything sci-fi I wanted to see. Mimic and Starship Troppers where actually good movies, the rest of these are just stupid fun!
Empire of the Ants was better than THEM only because it had Joan Collins in it. Just what did the queen ant do to her at the end anyway? I was confused about that.
Giant Ants briefly appeared in the movie Food of the Gods. Another cult classic! My family went to see that. What ever the main attractions was, its forgotten. That movie we remember.
Oh and Vincent Price in The Fly! And the remake with whatsherface. That was good too.
poiraver on April 23, 2012:
1) The creatures in "Tremors" AREN'T INSECTS.
2) "IT" is about a killer clown, NOT INSECTS.
Flu-Bird on October 29, 2011:
THEM is the all time best giant bug movie and one movie you didn't mention was TARANTULA
ruffridyer from Dayton, ohio on October 18, 2011:
Them is my favorite giant insect movie of all. I remember Bug. I thought it was an interesting take on this type of film. Invasion of the Bee Girls was quite entertaining.
Hakar-G on March 23, 2011:
EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS
ARACHNOPHOBIA (may not be a giant bug movie, but its a classic insect kill human movie)
Steve on October 30, 2010:
So yea.. where are Tremors at here?
josh on November 01, 2009:
eight legged freaks
capt. chaos on September 24, 2009:
How could you forget "Tarantula" or "The Giant Mantis"?
Flu-Bird on June 21, 2009:
I have the movie THEM on VHS and its one of the best of the giant bug movies much better then that stupid EMPIRE OF THE ANTS and the spooky sound effects the howling wind in the part when the policecar pulls up in front of the genneral store makes it erie sounding
Stacie L on February 04, 2009:
This was enjoyable. I used to watch movies like this when I was a kid.:)