UK, USA, 1974. Directed by Saul Bass. 84min. PG
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them.
For those of you with Criterion Collection subscriptions, you’ll be aware of celebrations to mark the centenary of Saul Bass’ birth. The famous graphic designer and filmmaker was responsible for some of the most stunning opening titles in film history. Phase IV is the only film that Bass directed, a unique sci-fi tale that captures some of the strangest and eeriest special effects ever created.
“Phase IV is the greatest killer insect movie ever made… think of it as the 2001: A Space Odyssey of treacherous ant movies.” – Jim Knipfel, Den of Geek