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      King of the Ants

      R Released Aug 17, 2003 1 hr. 41 min. Mystery & Thriller Horror List
      Reviews 57% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score House painter Sean Crawley (Chris McKenna) meets electrician Duke Wayne (George Wendt), who brings him to corrupt contractor Ray Matthews (Daniel Baldwin). Offered $13,000 to kill Eric Gatley (Ron Livingston), an accountant auditing Ray's finances, Sean completes his task -- only to find himself double-crossed. When Ray's thugs learn Sean has the mobster's cooked books, they try to torture the location of the files out of him. Sean escapes, taking shelter with Eric's widow, and vows revenge. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Truly, one of the worst made, moronic, juvenile, gratuitous waste if film stock I have ever had the misfortune to watch. Trying to create the illusion of deep meaning and philosophical insight from a steaming pile of cheaply crafted blood effects and middle school make up jobs is pathetic. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is terrible the filming is bad the characters were boring I regret watching it, was not dramatic nor scary and certainly doesn't deserve a 100 on the tomatometer Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member forgive its low budget feel and some weak acting and focus on the strong story in this lesser known thriller. This movie gets fairly dark and that blackness is lead uncharacteristically of George Wendt of all people. Wendt playing very against type and his large size is turned from something lovable into something intimidating. There something about this plot that just keeps you engaged, and it does in enough unique ways to make it stand out. Full disclosure: I have been a longtime fan of Kari Wuher and shes topless in this so that was a huge deal for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member great flick. brutal with plenty of moral ambiguity. good pacing. the whole subplot with the widow felt kind of superfluous because of how quickly it developed, but i guess that kept the movie moving. nice guts. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member King of the Ants is a disturbing and violent tale of the dark side of humanity and betrayal. It is brutal and dehumanizing, I don't really understand why Stuart Gordon decided to make this film but he didn't make it right for sure. Part torture porn, part revenge thriller, King of the Ants lived up to it's title and managed to shock it's viewers. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a powerful and courageous film, but also an irregular one. Chris McKenna really convinces on his role and much of the plot turns into something that goes beyond a mere horror or suspense. The problem is that in the final act of the film we see very little or nothing of the mastery that the rest of the film had been presenting, delivering a silly vengeance and catchphrases without any sense, and tons of clichés, with even the scene where our hero walks away from a house that explodes in the background. It's worth enough due to the first half. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis House painter Sean Crawley (Chris McKenna) meets electrician Duke Wayne (George Wendt), who brings him to corrupt contractor Ray Matthews (Daniel Baldwin). Offered $13,000 to kill Eric Gatley (Ron Livingston), an accountant auditing Ray's finances, Sean completes his task -- only to find himself double-crossed. When Ray's thugs learn Sean has the mobster's cooked books, they try to torture the location of the files out of him. Sean escapes, taking shelter with Eric's widow, and vows revenge.
      Director
      Stuart Gordon
      Screenwriter
      Charlie Higson
      Production Co
      Anthill Productions, Red Hen Productions, Hecht Co.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 17, 2003, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 15, 2016
      Sound Mix
      Surround