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The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects 

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Updated June 14, 2019 850 votes 179 voters 18.9k views 27 items

List Rules Spiders aren't insects! They have their own list, which is linked below in the description.

Horror movies about insects are not really a thing anymore, but there are plenty of decent scary insect movies to fall back on if you're craving a film about killer bugs. This list ranks the best killer insect and bug movies, voted on by horror fans like you. There are films like The Fly about a man who is spliced with an insect, while other scary bug movies like The Swarm or Mimic see deadly insects who are trying to kill and eat their victims.

If it's horror movies about ants you are looking for, check out Them! or Empire of the Ants, two classic films that feature killer ants. Other insect horror movies include The Deadly Mantis, Black Swarm, and The Wasp Woman.

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Cronenberg

The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Them! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Leonard Nimoy, James Arness, Fess Parker

Released: 1954

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Them! is a 1954 American black-and-white science fiction film from Warner Bros. Pictures produced by David Weisbart, directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan ...more
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Mimic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus

Released: 1997

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more
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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Vincent Price, David Hedison, Herbert Marshall

Released: 1958

Directed by: Kurt Neumann

The Fly is a 1958 American science fiction-horror film produced and directed by Kurt Neumann. The screenplay was written by James Clavell, from the short story of the same name by George ...more

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The Swarm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1978

Directed by: Irwin Allen

The Swarm is a 1978 science fiction monster horror film about a killer bee invasion of Texas. It was adapted from a novel of the same name by Arthur Herzog. The director was Irwin Allen, and the ...more

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The Deadly Mantis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Pat Conway

Released: 1957

Directed by: Nathan H. Juran

The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science fiction film produced by William Alland for Universal-International. It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by Martin Berkeley, and starred Craig ...more

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The Black Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Mara Corday, Richard Denning, Carlos Rivas

Released: 1957

Directed by: Edward Ludwig

The Black Scorpion is a 1957 Mexican-American horror film released by Warner Brothers, with stop motion special effects created by Willis O'Brien.
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The Fly II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Jeff Goldblum, Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga

Released: 1989

Directed by: Chris Walas

The Fly II is a 1989 science fiction horror film starring Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. It was directed by Chris Walas as a sequel to the 1986 Academy Award-winning film The Fly, itself a ...more

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Phase IV is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, David Healy

Released: 1974

Directed by: Saul Bass

Phase IV is a 1974 American science fiction film. It is the only feature-length film directed by graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass. It starred Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport and Lynne ...more
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Hayden the Monster Man added Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jack Arnold

Tarantula is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The ...more
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The Wasp Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot, Roy Gordon

Released: 1959

Directed by: Jack Hill, Roger Corman

The Wasp Woman is a science fiction film produced and directed by Roger Corman which was completed in 1959. To pad out the running time when the film was released to television two years later, ...more
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Ticks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Seth Green, Clint Howard, Alfonso Ribeiro

Released: 1993

Directed by: Tony Randel

Ticks is a 1993 direct-to-video horror film starring Peter Scolari, Seth Green, Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Clint Howard.
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Killer Bees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Kate Jackson, Gloria Swanson, Craig Stevens

Released: 1974

Directed by: Curtis Harrington

Killer Bees is a 1974 made for TV horror movie featuring Gloria Swanson that originally aired on ABC on February 26, 1974. The film, which was directed by Curtis Harrington, had a very small ...more
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Empire of the Ants is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Joan Collins, Albert Salmi, Robert Pine

Released: 1977

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon

Empire of the Ants is a 1977 science fiction horror film co-scripted and directed by Bert I. Gordon. Based very loosely on the short story Empire of the Ants by H.G. Wells, the film involves a ...more
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Phenomena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Phenomena Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dario Argento

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Mimic 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Jon Polito, Edward Albert, Will Estes

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean de Segonzac

Mimic 2 is a 2001 science fiction horror film, directed by Jean de Segonzac, with a script inspired by a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. The movie was a direct-to-DVD sequel ...more
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It Happened at Lakewood ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
It Happened at Lakewood Manor Suzanne Somers, Myrna Loy, Brian Dennehy

Released: 1977

Directed by: Robert Scheerer

It Happened at Lakewood Manor is a 1977 television film. The cast includes Lynda Day George, Suzanne Somers, Myrna Loy, Brian Dennehy and Bernie Casey.
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The Naked Jungle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad

Released: 1954

Directed by: Byron Haskin

The Naked Jungle is a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was ...more
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The Bees is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Gerald Ford, John Carradine, John Saxon

Released: 1978

Directed by: Alfredo Zacarias

The Bees is a 1978 horror film about South American bees imported to the USA, where they wreak havoc.
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Beginning of the End is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Richard Benedict

Released: 1957

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon

Beginning of the End is a 1957 American science fiction film directed by Bert I. Gordon and starring Peter Graves and Peggie Castle. The film is about an agricultural scientist who has ...more
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Mimic 3: Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Rebecca Mader, Alexis Dziena, Lance Henriksen

Released: 2003

Directed by: J. T. Petty

Mimic 3: Sentinel is a 2003 science fiction horror film, directed by JT Petty, with a script inspired by a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. The movie was a direct-to-DVD ...more
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Monster from Green Hell ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Jim Davis, Barbara Turner

Released: 1957

Directed by: Kenneth G. Crane

Monster from Green Hell is a 1957 science-fiction B movie shown as a double-feature to the 1957 film The Brain from Planet Arous. It is also seen as a clone of Them!.
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Black Swarm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Robert Englund, Jayne Heitmeyer, Robert Higden

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Winning

Black Swarm is a 2007 Canadian suspense film directed by David Winning. Actor Robert Englund plays a mysterious beekeeper who has a secret to hide in the small town of Black Stone.
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Infestation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Linda Park, Brooke Nevin, Ray Wise

Released: 2009

Directed by: Kyle Rankin

Infestation is a 2009 Horror-Comedy feature film by American writer/director Kyle Rankin. It was produced by Mel Gibson's Icon Entertainment and starring Chris Marquette, E. Quincy Sloan, Brooke ...more
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Mosquito Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects
Musetta Vander, Corin Nemec, Christa Campbell

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tibor Tak√°cs

Mansquito, also known as Mosquitoman, is a 2005 Syfy Pictures original film, directed by Tibor Takács, and stars Corin Nemec, Musetta Vander and Matt Jordon. It shares many similarities ...more