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I just watched this ultra-obscure 70s science fiction film about intelligent ants--or, more precisely, about ants transformed by some cosmic event into an intelligent force. It's finally on DVD after being virtually unavailable for decades (MST3K made a weak attempt to make fun of it somewhere in there), and it's even a nice quality transfer.
Great proggy score, brilliant photography and design elements work together to deliver a trippy update on the classic scientist versus monster formula. Netflix has it (for now). Fair warning: Movies like this have a tendency to get snapped up, vanish from circulation and show up on ebay for hundreds of dollars.
This was the only feature directed by genius title designer Saul Bass (Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc.), and what an odd film to leave as a legacy. Spot-on write-up here.
but it was a little too talky and thinky for my tastes at the time. Same thing went for another of your favorites "20 Million Miles to Earth," (the movie version of "Quatermass and the Pit," as you've told me) also involving insectoids, to some degree as I recall. I've got to give those both another chance now that I'm old enough to not necessarily be just waiting to see the monster.
The 8-year-old appeal is small. Like all good grown-up sci-fi (2001, THX-1138), the films about ideas.