It Happened at Lakewood Manor – aka Panic at Lakewood Manor and Ants! – is a 1977 American made-for-television ecological horror film directed by Robert Sheerer for Alan Landsburgh Productions. It stars Robert Foxworth (Damien: Omen II), Lynda Day George (Day of the Animals), Suzanne Somers, Myrna Loy, Brian Dennehy and Bernie Casey (Gargoyles).
After ingesting a powerful insecticide an army of ants attacks a local hotel…
“Of course, Ants! is pretty weak as a horror/thriller: since it was made for TV, there just couldn’t be too much Good Stuff. The closest we get to anything remotely icky is the sight of (partly) nude Suzanne Somers being covered in ants (a scene of course highlighted on the VHS box), and even that scene is over way too quickly. In between its all talk talk talk…” Rob Kelly
“As lame as it gets, it should be noted that there were many theatrical animal disaster flicks that are far less entertaining. Ultimately, any movie that features anything remotely resembling an L.D.G. freak-out deserves mucho attention!” Kindertrauma
Cast and characters:
- Robert Foxworth as Mike Carr
- Lynda Day George as Valerie Adams
- Gerald Gordon as Anthony Fleming
- Myrna Loy as Ethel Adams
- Suzanne Somers as Gloria Henderson
- Bernie Casey as Vince
- Barry Van Dyke as Richard Cyril
- Steve Franken as Lionel White
- Anita Gillette as Peggy Kenter
- Brian Dennehy as Fire Chief
- Bruce French as Tom
The College Inn, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Veteran Hollywood stuntman and second-unit director Conrad E. Palmisano was buried alive for one scene. With his only source of oxygen coming from a small garden hose connected to him underground, he gave strict instructions to the surrounding film crew: “Bury me once, bury me good. I only want to do this once”.
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