The Top Ten List of the Absolute Best Giant Bug Movies
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.
1. Starship Troopers
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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3. Invasion of the Bee Girls
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.
5. The Beginning of the End
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?
6. Kingdom of the Spiders
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!
7. The Wasp Woman
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.
8. The Black Scorpion
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.