Monday, December 20, 2010
PHASE IV (1974)
Super smart ants vs. scientists in the desert. The poster says they get all wise from alien interference but I'm pretty sure in the movie it's more of an ecological thing. Then again a lot of stuff is left up to the viewer to figure out. A good example of serious 70's sci-fi and it really straddles the fence between art film and exploitation. In many parts it feels like your watching a nature documentary. Slow moving but well done though it does have a weird-ass ending that also doesn't explain a whole lot. I miss the days when science fiction was as nihilistic in tone as this. Almost everything now is just a stupid action movie dressed up as sci-fi. Thanks STAR WARS! If you have an ant-phobia this might be the scariest movie ever.