Synopsis: In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Gordon Douglas
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

301A to car 5W, code one.

5W to 301A, go ahead, Johnny.

We're chasing the wind, Ben.

Maybe the guy who sent in that report

drank his breakfast. Let's call it.

Wait a minute.

lt's a kid, all right.

Maybe 50 yards off the road.

l'll keep circling her until you pick her up.




Hey, honey!

Hey, little girl. Little girl!

Wait a minute.

What are you doing out here?

Honey.. .

...what's your name?

Who do you belong to?

Car 5W, code one.

Car 5W to 301A, go ahead.

10-9, Johnny.

There's a trailer three miles from you,

off to the side of the road.

l didn't see anybody around it,

you better check it out. 10-10.

Okay, Johnny. 10-10.

-What's the matter with her?

-l don't know.


She's not sunburned.

Couldn't have been out in the sun long.

Looks like she's in shock.

Johnny spotted a car and trailer up ahead.

Maybe she's from there.

Maybe so.

No use waking her up unless somebody

can identify her. l'll check it.

-What is it?

-Have a look.

This blood must be 10 or 12 hours old.

Whatever happened here was either

last night or early this morning.

Check outside.

lt was sure no traffic accident, was it?

This wasn't caved in. lt was caved out.

Did you find anything?

No footprints or tire marks.

Found this.

l picked up just one.

Six or seven more are scattered over there.



There's something over here

you should look at.

l don't know if it's important,

but see what you think.

Mountain lions never come down

to the desert.

No cat ever lived

would leave a print like that.

Maybe something was set down there.

A bag, or a can, something like that.

lt could be almost anything.

l found these inside.

Put in a call for fingerprint

and moulage equipment, right away.


-Have the medics come to pick up the kid.


Car 5W to KMA-628. Come in, please.

KMA-628, to car 5W, go ahead.

We're 12 miles north of the crossroads.

Halfway up the secondary road

to White Butte.

Station wagon and house trailer

with lllinois license plates.

They look pretty well beat up.

Looks like a 9-14.

Picked up a little girl

who seems to be in shock.

Send ambulance and medics.

We'll stay here till you arrive.

Anything else?



KMA-628 to 5W,

location previously reported by 301A...

...will dispatch ambulance.

Hi, Reggie, how are the kids?

-Fine, thanks. Another one on the way.

-Good for you.

-Do you know what happened to her?


-Don't know her name?


Take good care of her.

Give her a nice, easy ride.

l'll be with her all the way to the hospital.

What was that?

l don't know.

lt must be the wind.

lt gets pretty freakish in these parts.


l'll be along soon.

l want to be there when she starts talking.

You know what that is, Cliff?

l haven't the faintest idea.

Hurry before the wind fills it in.

Looks like a sandstorm is kicking up.

-You got any idea what happened?


Nothing that adds up.

How old you figure that kid is?

Five or six.

Tough break for her.

They don't need us right now.

Let's go down to Gramps Johnson's store

and see what he knows.



Beats me.

Look, Ed, put in a call.. ..

Wait a minute.


Looks like he was dragged

and thrown down there.

-What do you make of it?

-What did you make of the trailer?

This wasn't pushed in, it was pulled out.

Just like at the trailer.

Ben, have a look at this.


Money wasn't taken here either.

This is another 9-14.

l'll call for the guys at the trailer to come.

l want to be at headquarters

when the girl talks.

l'll stick around and ride with them.

-Okay. Stay loose.


With all this stuff, we only know

the car and trailer was owned by.. .

...a man named Alan Elinson from Chicago.

Yeah, that's all.

Stop blaming yourself for what happened

to Ed Blackburn. lt wasn't your fault.

Somebody had to stay at Johnson's place,

so it happened to be Ed.

Yeah, l know.

We'll find out who killed him, if he's dead,

along with Gramps and the Elinson family.

So come off it.

We'll get a report on the fingerprints

some time this morning. lt'll tell us more.

-Have you figured out what this print is?



Kit, run down all Gramps' personal stuff

and records.

l don't think he had an enemy in the world,

but somebody might have.. ..

No, wait, that doesn't make sense.

lf somebody wanted to knock off Gramps

why tear down half the building to do it?

l put in a call to check out

all the mental institutions.

Everything seems to indicate

a homicidal maniac.

There's no money stolen, violent wreckage.

Just sugar taken.

That's being checked,

but it's a waste of time, too.

We'd have been notified

if there was a loony killer on the loose.

Gramps got off four shots from his 30-30

before the killer did this to the gun.

And Blackburn was a crack shot.

He could hit anything he could see.

Unless your maniac was armored like

a battleship, there's no maniac in this case.

Yeah, you're right.

l want every available man scouting

the desert.

lf our two planes aren't enough

to cover areas the cars can't reach.. .

...I 'll ask permission from the chief

to hire a couple more.

Ben, get yourself something to eat

and grab some sleep.

l don't want you wearing yourself out

so you'll fold up on us.

-l have a little score to settle.

-We all have.

-Report from Washington, Captain.

-All right, thanks.

Fingerprints on the trailer

check out real good.

Mr. Elinson was an FBl agent on vacation

with his wife and two children.

Call the local FBl office.

They've got a stake in this case, now.

Tell them Mr. Elinson's vacation

has been extended indefinitely.

lt's nice to get off that desert.

-lt must have been 1 10 out there today.

-At least.

Captain Edwards.. .

...this is Robert Graham from the FBl office

in Alamogordo.

-How do you do?

-Sit down.

Ben here bring you up to date

on this business?

Yes, sir, we went over these exhibits

before we left for the desert.

l took him to where we found the trailer

and to Johnson's store.

We've been there all day. Nothing.

Any ideas, Mr. Graham?

None that make any sense.

l thought you FBl guys were all Quiz Kids.

Solved everything right away.

l did, too, when l applied for the job.

Planes and the cars haven't found anything.

Give them time. People don't just drop off

the face of the Earth without a trace.

We'll find them.

You know what that is?

lt beats me. Has it been identified yet?

No, an officer took it to a friend

who teaches zoology at the college.

He said he'd never seen anything like it.

Lots of evidence, loaded with clues,

but nothing adds up.

The Elinson girl is our only real bet.

Any news on her?

No change. l checked with the hospital

a half hour ago.

l'd like to send this to our Washington

bureau. They might be able to identify it.

Or prove that it's nothing.

lt's all right with me.

Come in.

-Hello, Fred. Glad to see you, Ben.

-Hi, Doc, how are you?

You two know each other?

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