Ant Music by Adam & The Ants*
Although the theory that cockroaches will survive a nuclear holocaust isn’t strictly true (pretty damn close though), these creepy-crawlies will probably be around long after we shuffle off this mortal coil.
Not too long to go at this rate… So, in honour of our insect friends, enemies and would-be successors, I present to you a purely personal selection of movies featuring these ubiquitous creatures. Not every insect film ever done – and btw, no Archanophobia (1990), cos frankly it bores the ass off me, I tried to watch the flick many times, but I always end up drifting off.
And spiders aren’t insects. They’re arcanids – I know, cos I just Googled it. True fact, as they used to say. So there.
QUIT BUGGIN’ ME!
INSECT MENACES IN THE MOVIES
Although the original 1958 picture was not without its moments (some unintentionally hilarious, – but quite shocking in its way), David Cronenberg’s 1986 remake of The Fly elevated the material into something very different – and very disturbing.
Got Insectoid villains in Marvel comic books?
Plenty (Annihilus , The Human Fly, Beetle etc), but this ornery critter is my favourite- The Inheritor, a super-evolved cockroach:
Another consequence of on/off bad guy The High Evolutionary’s penchant for buggering up The Natural Law, sad to say.
More insect-related music:
This is a song from under the floorboards
This is a song from where the wall is cracked
My force of habit, I am an insect
I have to confess I’m proud as hell of that fact
Oh, OK then..yeah Sting…geddit?
*I bumped into Adam a few times in Soho during the 2000s. He was not at his best at the time mentally or physically, slurring his words and pretty much out of it, but he seems to be firing on all cylinders again in recent years.