20 Insect Horror Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

Creepy Crawly Fear Flicks to Watch Right Now

Is there anything better than a really campy horror movie featuring mutant insects intent on destroying mankind? Some insect fear films are truly scary, while others are downright silly. If you use Netflix, you can enjoy some of the best and worst movies this genre has to offer right now. They're guaranteed to make your skin crawl. Here are 20 insect horror movies you can stream on Netflix.

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Highly Dangerous (1950)(NR)

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What's not to like about Highly Dangerous? It's got Cold War drama, international espionage, and a female entomologist who must go behind enemy lines to save the world! When British intelligence learns a foreign government is breeding insects as carriers of a deadly bacteria, they send entomologist Frances Gray (played by Margaret Lockwood) to track down the bugs.

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Them! (1954)(NR)

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Released in 1954, Them! preyed on the fears of Americans living in the Atomic Age. Atomic bomb testing in the desert produces an unexpected result - giant, mutant ants that prey on people. Scientists race to find a way to stop the ants before they exterminate humankind. It's a science fiction classic that can't be missed. Edmund Gwenn, best known for his role as Santa Claus in the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, plays one of the scientists.

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The Fly (1958)(NR)

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Vincent Price, the King of Low Budget Horror Movies, stars in the original version of the classic sci fi film The Fly. A scientist invents a machine to transport matter, and decides to test it on himself. But when a fly gets inside the machine with him, his experiment takes a scary turn.

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The Wasp Woman (1959)(NR)

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In The Wasp Woman, the owner of a cosmetics company turns to science to revive her failing business. But Janice Starlin breaks the first rule of surviving in a science fiction movie – never agree to be the test subject for a scientist's new magic potion. When she's injected with a youth serum derived from queen wasp venom, Starlin develops a bit of a bad temper, to put it mildly.

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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)(NR)

This one gets my thumbs up for two reasons: the "greed is man's undoing" moral, and the classic 1960's Japanese special effects. In this Mothra sequel, a developer messes with Mother Nature to create more land for his high end condos. In his quest for more wealth, he unwittingly unleashes Godzilla on Tokyo. Only Mothra can save us now.

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Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)(R)

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What is happening to men in Peckham, California? There seems to be an epidemic of men dying in the throes of passion. Government agent Neil Agar soon suspects that a bee experiment gone wrong has turned women into lethal queen bees.

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The Food of the Gods (1976)(PG)

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The Food of the Gods falls into my favorite science fiction subcategory - giant, angry animal movies. A group of friends retreat to a remote island, only to wind up in a fight for their lives. Their hunting trip turns into an all out battle with giant wasps, chickens, and rats, all intent on eating them. Based on a book by famed science fiction author H.G. Wells, best known for his book The War of the Worlds.

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Empire of the Ants (1977)(PG)

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How can you not like a horror film with mutant ants and Joan Collins! Collins plays a villainous developer who peddles island real estate to people looking to live in paradise. She and her clients soon learn the island is anything but paradise. A radioactive spill has turned the island's ants into giant, bloodthirsty pests.  Another science fiction classic from the master, H.G. Wells.

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The Swarm (1978)(PG)

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The trailer for The Swarm terrified me when I was a kid. I didn't even see the movie then, but I was convinced the killer bees were coming to get us. The plot, after all, isn't that implausible – swarms of Africanized bees make their way to the U.S. from South America, and threaten the residents of Texas towns. Someone has to stop them! This sci fi thriller got a lot of buzz, thanks to a cast heavy with A-listers: Michael Caine, Patty Duke, Richard Chamberlain, Henry Fonda, and Fred MacMurray.

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The Fly (1986)(R)

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Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star in this remake of the 1958 classic. Goldblum plays scientist Seth Brundle, who is in the final stages of testing his teleportation machine. His love interest, reporter Veronica Quaife, is horrified when a fly gets into the machine with him, and Brundle slowly transforms into a half man, half fly monster.

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The Fly 2 (1989)(R)

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This sequel to The Fly could have been titled Son of the Fly. Seth Brundle's son, Martin, inherits his father's fly-man hybrid genes. Seth's boss adopts the orphaned Martin, but with evil intent – he hopes to enlist the younger Brundle's help in fixing the teleporter. Martin and his girlfriend Beth (played by Daphne Zuniga, later of Melrose Place fame) race to find a cure for his Dipteran condition.

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Mimic (1997)(R)

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How about Mira Sorvino as an entomologist? In The Mimic, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler must find a way to stop virus-laden cockroaches from killing children in New York City. She creates a genetically-engineered insect to kill the cockroaches. And yes, it's another science experiment gone wrong. The insects evolve into giant, subway-infesting monsters that can mimic other species, including humans. Josh Brolin and Charles S. Dutton also star in The Mimic.

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Bugged (1997)(PG-13)

Bugged is beyond campy, it's downright silly. Consider the plotline. An exterminating company unknowingly uses a mixture of a pesticide and a genetic agent when treating a home for crickets. Rather than killing the pests, the chemical cocktail causes a DNA mutation in the insects. The giant, vicious bugs - with ears and teeth - run amok, and hilarity and horror ensue. If you like low budget science fiction, this movie's for you.

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Arachnid (2001)(R)

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Arachnid is 3 kinds of movies rolled into one: alien spacecraft flick, survivors of a plane crash stuck on a remote island story, and giant spider horror film. A pilot somehow flies his plane into an alien spacecraft, and both plane and spacecraft wind up hitting a desolate island. A team of rescuers searches for the missing pilot, only to crash themselves. And of course, they spend the rest of the movie fleeing from and trying to defeat a gigantic spider with an attitude, that's determined to eat them.

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Mimic 2: Hardshell (2001)(R)

They're ba-ack! The giant cockroaches from Mimic 2 are still infesting New York City. Teacher Remi Panos and her students must find a way to flee their school, but the roaches threaten them at every turn. Their escape is complicated by the fact that the cockroaches can mimic humans.

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Spiders 2: Breeding Ground (2001)(R)

Spiders 2 opens with a boating accident, and Jason and Alex stranded at sea. Lucky for them, a scientist rescues them, taking them aboard his floating laboratory. But all is not as it seems. The couple stumbles on a storage freezer packed with dead bodies, and discovers the scientist is using them to breed giant spiders! Will Jason and Alex be next?

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The Screwfly Solution (2006)(TV-MA)

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The Screwfly Solution isn't actually a movie, it's an episode of the Masters of Horror series (Showtime) that showcases the work of director Joe Dante (known best for The Howling). Jason Priestley and Elliot Gould play scientists trying to solve a mystery: American men have turned into sex-crazed killers! I have to warn you, The Screwfly Solution contains both sex and violence, with some gruesome scenes. And you'll have to watch it yourself to find out where the screwflies come in.

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Black Swarm (2007)(NR)

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Policewoman Jane Kozik moves back to her hometown of Black Stone, NY, only to learn the town is now plagued by deadly, mutant wasps. She enlists the help of entomologist Katherine Randell and exterminator Devin Hall to snuff out the swarm before they kill everyone. If you like bad movies, this one's a contender. It's almost universally panned by online reviewers.

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In the Spider's Web (2007)(NR)

This made-for-tv horror flick takes place in the jungles of India, where a group of friends is on a backpacking trip. When Geraldine is bitten by a venomous spider, they learn there just happens to be an American doctor living with a tribe in the jungle who can help her. But things take a turn when they suspect the doctor is up to no good. Corpses? Hungry spiders? Rituals? You'll need a big bag of popcorn to follow this one.

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The Hive (2008)

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The Hive originally aired on the Syfy Channel. Tom Wopat (of Dukes of Hazzard fame) stars in this thriller in which man-eating ants take over an island. The Thorax Team (really?) is called into action to stop the ants, but they soon realize something is controlling the ants.