Adapt or die.
Arizona ants mock the food chain on their way to a desert lab to get two scientists and a woman.
Arizona ants mock the food chain on their way to a desert lab to get two scientists and a woman.
Fase IV - Destruição, Sucesos en la cuarta fase, 페이즈 4
I was pretty curious as to the body of work the cinematographer of Phase IV is known for outside of this project, so I wanted to look him up. To show my level of maturity and let you know that you should take my opinions and observations with a grain of salt, I couldn't do anything but giggle at his name - Dick Bush. Although, wildlife photographer Ken Middleham was responsible for a majority of what we see in the film--the closeup photography of the ants. Normally I love this sort of stuff in nature documentaries, but the main difference here is that it's used in a film without a narrator giving tons of facts about the creatures we're watching.…
I'd really better not have nightmares of ants tonight.
-Man swats ants (and practically destroys a lab thrying to kill them)
-Much much more harm done to ants
People talk to the ants.
This is a....frankly amazing.....movie that certainly fits into my current kick of animals gone amok/environmental horror, but also aims for a level of genuine science fiction that somehow separates it from most of its kind. Like this is humans vs. ants, but on a level that obviously had some thought and care as opposed to “let’s just see what kind of shenanigans these animals can get up to”.
The performances are all solid and the effects are gruesome in a beautifully subdued manner, like ants just casually eating through someone’s hand. This movie really is just one brilliant set piece after another and I’ve no idea why it isn’t a bigger deal, but I am here to tell you TODAY that…
"We had quite a severe ant problem at the vineyard this year. I had Art Garfunkel come by with his compressor, and we created a total vacuum outside the house, and we blew the ants out the front door. But I'm sure you high-tech NASA people could care less about our resort-town ways."
Blast the ground with yellow powder. Insert men in full-body white suits. Shoot against the bluest sky. Overload the senses with color, with broad strokes, without fine detail. It's just three blankets of hue, bold and direct and bright. Zoom in. Show fine details of insects. Watch them, timelapse them, animate them, delve into their movements, make their movements part of the plot, part of the themes, part of the atmosphere. Make the audience feel the insects all over their bodies. Make the audience squirm. Keep it sterile; keep it aloof. Keep it heavy, but not opaque. Keep it ominous. Keep it scientific. Show the violence, show the gore, but keep it clean. Almost bloodless deaths. Drain the victims, strip them bare, scour their flesh and leave their bones. Leave dust. Show the swarms. Show the insidiousness. Show the breakdown. Make the audience question. Build the tension to Phase IV. Dissolve.
October count: 38/31
In the event of insects taking over the earth (I wouldn't put it past 2020 to make another dick move like that,) I can only hope they remember all the times I have peacefully relocated them from inside my house to my garden, whenever they got stuck. I imagine I have created enough goodwill by now for them to leave me alone/ make me their king.
What would happen if ants of every kind united under the same collective super intelligence? Roll that beautiful ant footage Saul Bass! This film is credited with being the first ever pop cultural depiction of a crop circle and perhaps the "stand alone" event that spawned a generation of pranks on stupid farmers.
Supremely trippy. I loved it.
🥶Daily Horror Hunt #19 – January Horror 2020🥶
30. Watch a movie featuring giant bugs.
52. Kynky's pick.
This was pretty tripped out for what I thought was just gonna be another killer bug movie. And sure, it's still got killer bugs, lots of 'em, but it's so much more than that. Almost otherworldly in scope, a terror from beyond the stars, the unexplained right beneath your feet. A 2001 kinda trip, but focused on the ant hivemind and the untold power they possess. Scary stuff. When Spring comes around I'm gonna be stepping on every little bugger I see!
Saul Bass, best known for his movie poster and title sequence artwork, he has an eye for the…
why should God care if you understand His plan?
The story about an interspecies conflict for global conquest between man and ant is not exactly the sort of stuff I expected from famed film credits designer Saul Bass. A cool crime caper is more what I had in mind when I think of his style, and yet here’s Phase IV coming right out of left field. His only work as a director is a weird sci-fi/horror/war pastiche that deemphasizes the human drama while favoring the insects’ point of view, resulting in a refreshing take on the usual B-movie creature feature trope. Ants take center stage whereas the main actors are no more than tired caricatures. In contrast to the mindless, hulking beasts from the Atomic Age cautionary tale Them!,…
I love animals but I hate bugs. They serve an important part of our ecosystem and all that but they look horrifically alien and greatly disturb me. While plenty of films are based on this primal fear very few do it with raw documentary footage of insects instead choosing lackluster puppets or CGI that I can deal with. This fucked me up bad. It took me right back to squirming in my seat in grade school during the National Geographic or whatever 30 min VHS's they found covering the tiny daemons.
The film itself has a lot of creative and downright gorgeous visuals with a closing five or ten minutes is some extraordinary eye candy I won't soon forget. But…
"Absaulutely basstastic! Ant that trippy, 2001-worthy, Jodorowsky-ending!"
Filmtechnisch teils bestechender, etwas aus der Zeit gefallener, dystopischer Sci-Fi. Im Kino würde ich zum Schluss vor Freude heulen. Oder gebt mir wenigstens endlich eine vernüftige Blu-ray mit dem 'lost ending'.
Non l’ho trovato all'altezza dell’opinione (prevalentemente positiva) diffusa. Sicuramente intrigante, cerca e propone un suo stile particolare, indovina la suggestione in più momenti. Ricorre spesso ad un taglio quasi documentaristico avvalorato da un frequente utilizzo di stock footage di formiche vere. Pecca di ritmo e coinvolgimento, ad un certo punto sembra farsi pretenzioso, quasi a volersi discostare da quella appartenenza di genere che, invece, avrebbe potuto giovargli.
In Italia arriva come Fase IV: Distruzione Terra.
For everything it does right, the fantastic cinematography, the interesting plot, and incredible animal handling, it is just horribly boring with an insulting ending.
No disrespect intended at the master of ant based frights Lawrence Woolsey, but this is the 2001 of ant horror.
Der einzige Film von Saul Bass, der für seine Arbeit für Alfred Hitchcock bekannt war und auch sehr gelobt wurde. Mit „Phase IV“ gelang ihm ein damals wie heute visuell beeindruckender Film, aber auch die Story ist sehr interessant und spannend. Auch die wissenschaftliche Herangehensweise macht es spannend, was den Film vergleichbar macht mit Filmen wie „Andromeda – Tödlicher Staub aus dem All“. Saul Bass hat mit „Phase IV“ einen kleinen und feinen Sci-Fi Klassiker geschaffen, der auch noch heute sehenswert ist.
Despite being on my favourite movie header, I noted last time I'd only given this a 4.5/5, probably a sop to the fact that it's "imperfect", particularly the choppiness at the end. And despite the fact that it doesn't technically exist in a continuous form with the newly-unearthed "alternate ending" on the new 101 Films Blu-Ray - the ending is a bonus feature - I'm giving this rating specifically to the version with the alternate ending.
But before that, I don't think I've ever really written properly about this film. It's easy to focus on the visuals (particularly the microphotography of ants and the cosmic opening) as part and parcel of Saul Bass, but there's something about the specificity of…
Sokkal kevésbé gagyi, mint várnád, sőt. Az eredeti befejezés pszichedelikus montázsa pedig már tökig artisztikus.
What a strange and obscure movie to stumble on to. Regrettably, this was the only feature film directed by graphic design visionary, Saul Bass. Now I'm not saying this is great but it's certainly ambitious and unique enough to where Bass had the potential of becoming an auteur director. He is able to take a B movie script and mix it with experimental, avante garde filmmaking. The results are often pretty out there but it was fascinating to watch, in the very least. But as most cult classics go, it bombed in theaters and didn't develop a fanbase until years later.
After a mysterious cosmic event causes ants in the desert to undergo a rapid evolution and begin building strange…
Make sure to seek out and watch the extended ending on YouTube.
I’m a sucker for 70s sci fi, and this checks nearly every box. If the idea of a movie about evil, sentient ants excites you, you’ll really enjoy this.
Lots of great macro shots of the ants as well, which really added to the creepy factor.
Wow this rocks. Like nothing I’ve seen before.
I don't really know what to say about this movie. This being Saul Bass' debut and only feature it's unique in that aspect but don't think I exactly love the movie. The footage of the ants and the storytelling there is of high caliber and the ants fighting back was also quite scary. But I don't know what to think other that.
I am pretending that the alternate ending is connected to the version I watched:):)
The smartest most thought provoking animals attack movie I have seen! The execution was a little clumsy and the female character was “bugging” the hell out of me acting all hold me I’m scared but the ideas examined are horrifying.
I loved the miniature models used when things exploded and the close up ant shots were amazing it was like they were little actors who knew exactly what to do.
All I have to say is WATCH THE ALTERNATIVE ENDING! I watched the movie on Hulu and I really really wish it had the psychedelic, mind bending visual trip session version of an ending but it kind of juts cuts short and ends without the punch it really needs.
Overall really enjoyed it. It’s not your typical animals attack movie. And I also always enjoy Michael Murphy’s screen presence.
Phase IV was low-key great. Plus it’s the 5000th movie I’ve logged since 1998-ish.
(Although there were periods of time in that 22 years that I didn’t bother tracking my films in IMDb. Not to mention the 30 years before that. Also, that number doesn’t count repeat viewings or TV shows.)
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