Creepy Crawly Cinema: Great Movies About Insects

Friday, November 4 by Shawn Lealos

When looking at great movies about insects, there are many variations, from the gross to the scary to the exciting. Whether you are looking at spiders, ants or alien bugs, there are many different scenarios and most will leave you sleeping with one eye open.

“The Fly”

The 1986 version of this great movie about insects has a lot of positives. It is one of the best horror remakes of all time. It is one of the most mainstream movies of David Cronenberg’s career. It is a great movie about insects. Jeff Goldblum stars as a scientist who is trying to create a teleporter. When he tests it, the machine works, but a fly entered before he used it and the two end up combining their DNA. Soon the scientist begins turning into a human fly and, when he starts to shed his skin, it becomes one of the most disgusting movies ever.

“Eight Legged Freaks”

David Arquette stars in this movie, so you know right away not to expect anything great. However, if you love B-level monster movies, you will find this to be one of the great movies about insects. Arquette is a man who just returned to his home town and he has to team up with the local sheriff (Kari Wuhrer) when the town is soon overrun by giant killer spiders. Yeah. Giant killer spiders attack the small town. The CGI is poor and that just makes the movie even better.

“Arachnophobia”

If you don’t want cartoony action with giant spiders, here is a movie that will make you hate yourself as you try to go to sleep after watching it. Instead of big cartoony spiders, this great movie about insects features deadly South American spiders who end up in America. Then, the deadly spider mates with a house spider and soon hundreds of deadly spiders hatch and start to kill all the townspeople. What makes the movie disturbing is these are not giant spiders, but ones you might see on a country road. It’s enough to give someone arachnophobia.

“Starship Troopers”

If you liked the B-movie greatness of “Eight Legged Freaks,” well this movie about insects is the King of B-Movies. This militaristic movie is directed be Paul Verhoeven and tells the story of a military unit sent in to battle giant alien insects to ensure the survival of the human race. The movie has strong political themes but, at its heart, it is about men with big gun fighting thousands of giant bugs.

“A Bug’s Life”

There are only so many great movies about insects that a person can watch without squirming out of their skin. At that time, Pixar has a movie for you. “A Bug’s Life” is the second movie ever produced by Pixar, following “Toy Story.” Interestingly, the movie is based on the Akira Kurosawa classic “Seven Samurai” and tells the story of circus performer bugs mistaken for warriors who come into to save an ant colony from evil grasshoppers. It is ridiculous fun and a great way to end an insect movie marathon.

-Shawn Lealos

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