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This 1974 film would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during TheSeventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his graphic designs and innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.

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This 1974 film would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during TheSeventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his graphic designs and [[ArtisticTitle innovative opening title sequences sequences]] for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.


* KillItWithFire: The DeterminedHomesteader family builds a moat and fills it with gasoline, hoping that setting it ablaze will keep the ants at bay. [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs It doesn't works]].

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* KillItWithFire: The DeterminedHomesteader family builds a moat and fills it with gasoline, hoping that setting it ablaze will keep the ants at bay. [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs It doesn't works]].work]].


* AnimalNemesis: [[spoiler: Hubbs develops this mentality after the ants have poisoned him. It starts with him merely wanting to "teach the ants their place" and ends with him ranting and destroying everything in sight so he can kill a single ant whom he feels is spying on them. Kendra also releases the ants into the dome when, in a bout of rage at them killing their parents, smashes the equipment that contains them.]]

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* AnimalNemesis: [[spoiler: Hubbs develops this mentality after the ants have poisoned him. It starts with him merely wanting to "teach the ants their place" and ends with him ranting and destroying everything in sight so he can kill a single ant whom he feels is spying on them. Kendra also releases the ants into the dome when, in a bout of rage at them killing their her parents, smashes the equipment that contains them.]]

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Presumably completely unintentional, but this film is nevertheless a far more faithful adaptation of the Creator/HGWells story "The Empire of the Ants" than the "official" Creator/BertIGordon film.


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The film opens with the Earth undergoing the effects of a strange and rare cosmic alignment. Scientists aren't sure what effects, if any, the alignment has had on the planet and are quick to write it off. One scientist, however, notices some strange behavior beginning to occur amongst Earth's ant populations--they're becoming more intelligent and aggressive. They've begun attacking larger insects and animal species that are threatening them. Then the ants decide to take it a step further and attack a human community, destroying its houses and driving out its residents. (Mind you, the ants are still the same size as they were pre-cosmic-alignment, they've just grown in intelligence and number.) Alarmed, the authorities dispatch a team of two scientists to the region of infestation to investigate what's going on. One of the scientists is a middle-aged British biologist named Hubbs (Nigel Davenport)--he was the one who originally noticed the ant's weird behavior. And the other scientist is a young cryptologist named Lesko (Michael Murphy), whom Hubbs hired in the hope that he would be able to decipher the ants communications and discover their intentions. The two men set up shop in the middle of the desert in a sealed geodesic dome equipped with poison sprayers and the best Seventies-Era technology government money can buy. Then they sit back and wait for the ants to make their first move...

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The film opens with the Earth undergoing the effects of a strange and rare cosmic alignment. Scientists aren't sure what effects, if any, the alignment has had on the planet and are quick to write it off. One scientist, however, notices some strange behavior beginning to occur amongst Earth's ant populations--they're becoming more intelligent and aggressive. They've begun attacking larger insects and animal species that are threatening them. Then the ants decide to take it a step further and attack a human community, destroying its houses and driving out its residents. (Mind you, the ants are still the same size as they were pre-cosmic-alignment, they've just grown in intelligence and number.) Alarmed, the authorities dispatch a team of two scientists to the region of infestation to investigate what's going on. One of the scientists is a middle-aged British biologist named Hubbs (Nigel Davenport)--he was the one who originally noticed the ant's weird behavior. And the other scientist is a young cryptologist named Lesko (Michael Murphy), whom Hubbs hired in the hope that he would be able to decipher the ants ants' communications and discover their intentions. The two men set up shop in the middle of the desert in a sealed geodesic dome equipped with poison sprayers and the best Seventies-Era technology government money can buy. Then they sit back and wait for the ants to make their first move...



* AnimalNemesis: [[spoiler: Hubbs develops this mentality, after the ants have poisoned him. It starts with him merely wanting to "teach the ants their place" and ends with him ranting and destroying everything in sight so he can kill a single ant whom he feels is spying on them. Kendra also releases the ants into the dome when, in a bout of rage at them killing their parents, smashes the equipment that contains them.]]

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* AnimalNemesis: [[spoiler: Hubbs develops this mentality, mentality after the ants have poisoned him. It starts with him merely wanting to "teach the ants their place" and ends with him ranting and destroying everything in sight so he can kill a single ant whom he feels is spying on them. Kendra also releases the ants into the dome when, in a bout of rage at them killing their parents, smashes the equipment that contains them.]]


* ClosedCircle: Item one: the ants are surrounding the dome. Item two: Hubbs, in his emphasis to stay around to keeping on AdmiringTheAbomination, deliberately left the scientists' car outside of the dome. Item three: the first thing that the ants sabotage within the lab is the radio transmitter, so they cannot call for a helicopter.

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* ClosedCircle: Item one: the ants are surrounding the dome. Item two: Hubbs, in his emphasis to stay around to keeping on keep AdmiringTheAbomination, deliberately left the scientists' car outside of the dome. Item three: the first thing that the ants sabotage within the lab is the radio transmitter, so they cannot call for a helicopter.


Not to be confused with the suspense movie ''Phase IV'', which came out in 2001.

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Not to be confused with the suspense movie ''Phase IV'', which came out in 2001.
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This 1974 film would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his graphic designs and innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.

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This 1974 film would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies TheSeventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his graphic designs and innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.


The film opens with the Earth undergoing the effects of a strange and rare cosmic alignment. Scientists aren't sure what effects, if any, the alignment has had on the planet and are quick to write it off. One scientist, however, notices some strange behavior beginning to occur amongst Earth's ant populations--they're becoming more intelligent and aggressive. They've begun attacking larger insects and animal species that are threatening them. Then the ants decide to take it a step further and attack a human community, destroying its houses and driving out its residents. (Mind you, the ants are still the same size as they were pre-cosmic-alignment, they've just grown in intelligence and number.) Alarmed, the authorities dispatch a team of two scientists to the region of infestation to investigate what's going on. One of the scientists is a middle-aged British biologist named Hubbs--he was the one who originally noticed the ant's weird behavior. And the other scientist is a young cryptologist named Lesko, whom Hubbs hired in the hope that he would be able to decipher the ants communications and discover their intentions. The two men set up shop in the middle of the desert in a sealed geodesic dome equipped with poison sprayers and the best Seventies-Era technology government money can buy. Then they sit back and wait for the ants to make their first move...

Things don't go entirely as planned however. A tragic accident involving one of their experiments results in the death of most of a farm family. Its lone surviving member--a teenage girl named Kendra-- is forced to take up residence with the two scientists to await transportation out of the area. Things get worse when the ants sabotage the scientist's communication console, effectively cutting off everyone's sole means of escape. This might not have been a problem had the ants not proven themselves to be highly poisonous, and capable of building deadly traps. The humans aren't completely helpless--they have the science and ingenuity to counter the ants' measures. However, it remains to be seen which species will have the skill and intelligence to win the upcoming battle, much less survive it...

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The film opens with the Earth undergoing the effects of a strange and rare cosmic alignment. Scientists aren't sure what effects, if any, the alignment has had on the planet and are quick to write it off. One scientist, however, notices some strange behavior beginning to occur amongst Earth's ant populations--they're becoming more intelligent and aggressive. They've begun attacking larger insects and animal species that are threatening them. Then the ants decide to take it a step further and attack a human community, destroying its houses and driving out its residents. (Mind you, the ants are still the same size as they were pre-cosmic-alignment, they've just grown in intelligence and number.) Alarmed, the authorities dispatch a team of two scientists to the region of infestation to investigate what's going on. One of the scientists is a middle-aged British biologist named Hubbs--he Hubbs (Nigel Davenport)--he was the one who originally noticed the ant's weird behavior. And the other scientist is a young cryptologist named Lesko, Lesko (Michael Murphy), whom Hubbs hired in the hope that he would be able to decipher the ants communications and discover their intentions. The two men set up shop in the middle of the desert in a sealed geodesic dome equipped with poison sprayers and the best Seventies-Era technology government money can buy. Then they sit back and wait for the ants to make their first move...

Things don't go entirely as planned planned, however. A tragic accident involving one of their experiments results in the death of most of a farm family. Its lone surviving member--a teenage girl named Kendra-- Kendra (Lynne Frederick)-- is forced to take up residence with the two scientists to await transportation out of the area. Things get worse when the ants sabotage the scientist's communication console, effectively cutting off everyone's sole means of escape. This might not have been a problem had the ants not proven themselves to be highly poisonous, and capable of building deadly traps. The humans aren't completely helpless--they have the science and ingenuity to counter the ants' measures. However, it remains to be seen which species will have the skill and intelligence to win the upcoming battle, much less survive it...


''Phase IV'' would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.

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''Phase IV'' This 1974 film would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his graphic designs and innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.


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''Phase IV'' would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man Vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.

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''Phase IV'' would seem, on the surface, to resemble many of the other "Man Vs.vs. Bugs" films that came out during the Seventies (like ''Film/TheSwarm'' and ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders''). ''Phase IV'', however, is a bit more cerebral than its brethren; the conflict with the ants in this movie more resembles a game of chess than it does an action-packed physical battle. It was the first and only feature-length film made by Creator/SaulBass, who is better known for his innovative opening title sequences for various classic movies, like Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''.


Although ''Phase IV'' once appeared on MysteryScienceTheater3000 during the KTMA days, it wasn't so much because of its quality as it was because of its sci-fi subject matter, its [[GainaxEnding strange, ambiguous ending]], and the fact that KTMA just didn't have a whole lot of movies in its library to choose from. (Pretty much anything they had that was remotely science fictiony --or remotely related to the Mystery Genre for that matter--wound up on the show.)

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Although ''Phase IV'' once appeared on MysteryScienceTheater3000 ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' during the KTMA days, it wasn't so much because of its quality as it was because of its sci-fi subject matter, its [[GainaxEnding strange, ambiguous ending]], and the fact that KTMA just didn't have a whole lot of movies in its library to choose from. (Pretty much anything they had that was remotely science fictiony --or remotely related to the Mystery Genre for that matter--wound up on the show.)

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