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The Best Horror Movies About Killer Insects

Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 213 voters 21.4k 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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    The Fly

    Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid 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, Geena...  more

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    Mimic

    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo 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 film...  more

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    Them!

    Leonard Nimoy, James Arness

    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
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    The Fly

    Vincent Price, David Hedison

    Released1958

    Directed byKurt 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 Langelaan....  more

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    The Swarm

    Michael Caine, Henry Fonda

    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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    Tarantula

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1955

    Directed byJack 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 Black Scorpion

    Mara Corday, Richard Denning

    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
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    The Deadly Mantis

    Craig Stevens, William Hopper

    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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    The Fly II

    Jeff Goldblum, Eric Stoltz

    Released1989

    Directed byChris 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 remake of...  more
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    Phenomena

    Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi

    Released1985

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Phase IV

    Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport

    Released1974

    Directed bySaul 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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    Black Swarm

    Robert Englund, Jayne Heitmeyer

    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
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    Killer Bees

    Kate Jackson, Gloria Swanson

    Released1974

    Directed byCurtis 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 cast,...  more
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    Ticks

    Seth Green, Clint Howard

    Released1993

    Directed byTony Randel

    Ticks is a 1993 direct-to-video horror film starring Peter Scolari, Seth Green, Rosalind Allen, Ami Dolenz, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Clint Howard....  more
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    Monster from Green Hell

    Jim Davis, Barbara Turner

    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
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    It Happened at Lakewood Manor

    Suzanne Somers, Myrna Loy

    Released1977

    Directed byRobert 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....  more
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    The Naked Jungle

    Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker

    Released1954

    Directed byByron 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 based on...  more
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    Empire of the Ants

    Joan Collins, Albert Salmi

    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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    The Wasp Woman

    Anthony Eisley, Susan Cabot

    Released1959

    Directed byJack 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, a new...  more
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    Mimic 2

    Jon Polito, Edward Albert

    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
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    The Bees

    Gerald Ford, John Carradine

    Released1978

    Directed byAlfredo Zacarias

    The Bees is a 1978 horror film about South American bees imported to the USA, where they wreak havoc....  more
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    Beginning of the End

    Peter Graves, Peggie Castle

    Released1957

    Directed byBert 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 successfully...  more
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    Mimic 3: Sentinel

    Rebecca Mader, Alexis Dziena

    Released2003

    Directed byJ. 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 sequel to...  more
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    Mosquito Man

    Musetta Vander, Corin Nemec

    Released2005

    Directed byTibor Takács

    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 with the 1986...  more
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    Infestation

    Linda Park, Brooke Nevin

    Released2009

    Directed byKyle 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