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The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects

Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 217 voters 21.6k views27 items

List RulesSpiders 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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    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum
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    21

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness
    60
    18

    Released1954

    Directed byGordon 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
  • 3
    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino
    62
    20

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Vincent Price, David Hedison
    48
    14

    Released1958

    Directed byKurt Neumann

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    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda
    38
    16

    Released1978

    Directed byIrwin 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 cast...  more

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  • 6
    Hayden the Monster Man addedClint Eastwood, Mara Corday
    24
    10

    Released1955

    Directed byJack Arnold

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  • 7
    Craig Stevens, William Hopper
    32
    20

    Released1957

    Directed byNathan 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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  • 8
    Mara Corday, Richard Denning
    27
    14

    Released1957

    Directed byEdward 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....  more
  • 9
    Jeff Goldblum, Eric Stoltz
    29
    21

    Released1989

    Directed byChris Walas

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  • 10
    Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi
    23
    14

    Released1985

    Directed byDario Argento

  • 11
    Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport
    24
    16

    Released1974

    Directed bySaul Bass

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  • 12
    Kate Jackson, Gloria Swanson
    22
    15

    Released1974

    Directed byCurtis Harrington

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  • 13
    Seth Green, Clint Howard
    26
    21

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Randel

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  • 14
    Suzanne Somers, Myrna Loy
    19
    12

    Released1977

    Directed byRobert Scheerer

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  • 15
    Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker
    20
    14

    Released1954

    Directed byByron Haskin

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  • 16
    Joan Collins, Albert Salmi
    23
    19

    Released1977

    Directed byBert 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 group...  more

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    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot
    21
    17

    Released1959

    Directed byJack Hill, Roger Corman

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  • 18
    Jon Polito, Edward Albert
    21
    17

    Released2001

    Directed byJean 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 to...  more
  • 19
    Gerald Ford, John Carradine
    14
    14

    Released1978

    Directed byAlfredo Zacarias

    The Bees is a 1978 horror film about South American bees imported to the USA, where they wreak havoc....  more
  • 20
    Peter Graves, Peggie Castle
    15
    17

    Released1957

    Directed byBert I. Gordon

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  • 21
    Rebecca Mader, Alexis Dziena
    16
    20

    Released2003

    Directed byJ. T. Petty

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  • 22
    Robert Englund, Jayne Heitmeyer
    10
    17

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid 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....  more
  • 23
    Jim Davis, Barbara Turner
    10
    18

    Released1957

    Directed byKenneth 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!....  more
  • 24
    Linda Park, Brooke Nevin
    8
    19

    Released2009

    Directed byKyle Rankin

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  • 25
    Musetta Vander, Corin Nemec
    6
    24

    Released2005

    Directed byTibor Takács

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