Picks and Pans Main: Screen

updated 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Great movie insects and spiders—Most romantic giant grasshoppers: the creatures lured into Lake Michigan by a recording of their mating call in The Beginning of the End. Most in need of a change of scenery: the title character of The Deadly Mantis, which lives on an iceberg. Busiest, uh, let's make that beavers: the villains of The Swarm, The Deadly Bees, Killer Bees and The Bees. Highest-class exterminators: Michael Caine, Henry Fonda and Katharine Ross in The Swarm. Best identity crisis: Susan Cabot going from cosmetics magnate to a sort of Mrs. Sting in The Wasp Woman. Most disgusting moment: cockroaches spewing out of E.G. Marshall in Creepshow. Best supporting spiders: the common lawn variety as monster in The Incredible Shrinking Man and the James Bond-menacing tarantula in Dr. No. Best supporting ant and bee: the six-legged co-stars of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Best line: "Help me!" by insectified Al Hedison in The Fly. Most impressive overall: the giant ants in Them! Insect-Arachnid Annex: The Mosquito Coast, Kiss of the Spider Woman.

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