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King of the Ants
King of the Ants
Actors: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells, Lionel Mark Smith
Director: Stuart Gordon
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 42min

First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 06/21/2005 Run time: 102 minutes Rating: R


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Actors: Chris McKenna, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Vernon Wells, Lionel Mark Smith
Director: Stuart Gordon
Creators: George Wendt, Charlie Higson, David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Duffy Hecht, Laszlo Bene
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Dej (Ingram)
Format: DVD - Color - Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 06/29/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 42min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA
Reviewed on 10/13/2011...
King of the Ants is a sordid tale of murder, torture, and revenge directed by Stuart Gordon. A young, down-on-his-luck drifter is recruited by some mobsters to scare a man that is butting into their business so he will back down. But the guy takes it too far and actually kills him. Angered because this could bring attention to them, the mob boss has his goons take the man out to a shack and beat him until his brain is damaged. He is found after his ordeal by a woman who turns out to be the wife of the man he killed (played by the lovely Kari Wuhrer). She nurses him back to health and helps him find a job. But can he enjoy his new life, or will he let the cat out of the bag and start a chain of horrible events? You know the answer to this one! A brutal, dark comedy, this one will have you gasping at one people can do to each other.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/9/2011...
I love Stuart Gordon and was worried at first when I saw that the Asylum, a company known for making rip offs of existing films, was releasing this movie. Have no fear people this is pure Gordon. A darkly humerous film about an adverage man who discovers his true calling in life after he's hired to kill a lawyer.

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One ticked off Ant
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This certainly wasn't what I expected from a stuart gordon film but it worked nonetheless. Gone are the sci-fi trimmings of re-animator, dagon etc..and in its place is somewhat of a character study. Our subject is sean crowly, who we find painting houses. There he meets Duke (played by the ever rotund George Wendt but in a sinister turn). Its an ill fated meeting as it sets in motion a turn of events from which there is no escape. Before we know it, crowly has killed a man for money, only the people who hired him say they didn't really want him to kill the guy. They don't pay. Crowly's guilt sets in when he realizes the guy he killed was a model citizen. The folks who put out the hit get nervous and decide to tenderize crowly abit. Revenge ensues.
This one was solid from the top down. The acting was good. Once george wendt went from good duke to bad duke, there was no hint of his norm character from cheers to be found. The guy who played crowly was good to. I haven't seen him anywhere before but the kid has a future. Theres one of the baldwin brothers in this one too, the older fatter one from john carpenter's vampires. Maybe he can get out from the shadows of his brothers now. He brings his corrupt real estate developer character to life. Direction is good.
Gore:Theres a good amount of red sauce flying around but its more about the sounds in this one. As the golf clubs are put to one guys head, the sound of the bones popping will make you cringe.
T&A: Kari wuher naked as usual. Crowly rolls around in his bed naked whilst having bad dreams."
Don't meet with thugs!
James McDonald | Southern California | 03/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ants have nothing to do with this film.
Sean (Chris L. McKenna) must do a dirty deed for two bad guys, Duke (George Wendt) and Ray (Daniel Baldwin). He must spy on this family man, Eric (Ron Livingston), who works at the Los Angeles City Hall) and take photographs of him outside. Then they want Sean to kill the man. Sean did not sleep very well and doesn't really want to do this thug job. The next day, he had hoped the man wouldn't answer the door. Sean goes in and commits murder with difficulty. At night as Sean lays in bed, he constantly recalls what he did.
Duke scares Sean into not giving him his money for the job. Sean was only suppose to rattle the man, not kill him. But Sean claims Ray wanted him too. Duke threatens Sean to "disappear". later they capture him and torture him for many days. he was able to escape, but had to kill to do it. His problems get deeper as he tries to destroy all evidence of his existence and crimes.
Includes grissly violence, full male nudity and female nudity, sexual scenes and foul language.
George Wendt also co-produced. Ron Livingston was not credited for his film appearance.
DVD includes Director's Commentary with Chris L. McKenna and a featurette."
Gordon rocks. Again. First time in a while.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 11/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"King of the Ants (Stuart Gordon, 2003)

Stuart Gordon is, of course, best-known for his basement-budget adaptations of Lovecraft, but he's never confined himself solely to the horror film; witness the sci-fi action flick Fortress, or his work in the kids'-film genre (which, while not extensive, does comprise a surprising amount of his production time). Thus, King of the Ants is not as much of a surprise as it would first seem. Unlike most of his previous forays into non-horror, though, King of the Ants delivers in spades.

Sean Crawley (Chris McKenna, previously seen in the TV series Opposite Sex) is a rootless guy who's willing to do just about anything to make a buck. While painting a house one day, he meets an electrician named Duke (Cheers' George Wendt). Duke works for a guy named Ray Matthews (Daniel Baldwin). Matthews needs a guy watched. Crawley has a dumb fantasy about being a private eye. Everyone's happy, until Matthews reveals to Crawley while drunk one night that the guy he's having followed he actually wants dead. From there, things get weird.

Based on a novel by Charles Higson, King of the Ants is in most respects your standard action-revenge fare. (Had it gotten wide release, its timing would have been perfect; Blake Crouch's book Desert Places came out around the same time, and the two have a good deal in common.) Where it rises above is in its characters. Much has been made of Sean's move from being a basically likable drifter into being a basically likable killer, and it probably says more about me than about the movie that I didn't see it as being all that much a stretch (thus, my being impressed comes from different areas); if you're the kind of person who thinks such a transformation would be something to see, by all means, rent this. More surprising, to me, was the detail to be found in even the minor characters. One expects development from Ray and Duke, but in most action flicks, the other henchmen who form Ray's band of criminals would just be there as window dressing. Not so here; the other two guys on the team (capably played by Vernon Wells, the villain in Schwarzenegger vehicle Commando, and Lionel Mark Smith, recently seen in State and Main, Magnolia, and Life Among the Cannibals) are fully-fleshed minor players. One assumes they were even more fleshed out in the novel, but that the adaptation didn't jettison their characters altogether is one of the things that makes this such a fine film.

Definitely worth seeing. Not for the weak of stomach by any means, but a fine thrill-ride. *** ½"