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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
AN ENDLESS TERROR! A NAMELESS HORROR! (Australian daybill)
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Did You Know?
When Peterson is investigating the sewer drains in LA, he reports that he has detected the same "brood odor" he smelled in the nest in New Mexico. But when he was in that nest he was wearing a gas mask to protect him from the cyanide gas they had used to kill the ants. He could hardly have detected a "brood odor." See more
Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
[appraising the ruination of a trailer
This wasn't caved in, it was caved out.
A 2-3 minute segment following the projection sequence was excised from the film in the mid-50s following a lawsuit from a real-life scientist whose name was used in the story for a fictional explanation of atomic energy effects on ants. The scene was removed from the negative and has not been restored though it has turned up in some collector's prints. See more