a young girl is found wandering in the desert by a couple of policemen,
the frightened and visible traumatized girl is only able to utter
one word over and over: "them!". After getting the young
girl to safety, the officers head back out in search of them and
what they find will chill them to their very souls. Large mutated
ants have come out of their underground nests in search of food
to satisfy their hunger. Can the townsfolk and army defeat the
enormous ants before it's to late or will they all fall prey to
you think of the classic nuclear testing mutated animal movies,
right behind Godzilla
should come Them! The under-appreciated if not underrated
50's classic is still by todays standard a very good film.
Even though the ant effects are not state of the art for their
time they were tremendous, in fact the effects in Them would earn
their crew an academy award nomination in 1954. Also the sci-fi/horror
classic would also be Warner Brothers top grossing film of the
same year. Not too shabby for a creature flick.
is easy enough to follow, after the young girl is found in the
desert, our friendly policemen quickly learn what is lurking out
in the sands. Throw in a government agent played by James Arness,
and a helpful scientist to keep everybody pointed in the right
direction and you get the standard gigantic monster flick of the
50's. But the cast, effects and the story make Them! a
little more in the monster film world because everything is done
it was shot in black and white, Them's opening credits are in
the color of red, why you ask? Well originally Them was
supposed to be in color and in 3-D, but the studio got antsy (HA!)
and decided not to spend the extra money on the film. Imagine
if they had, Them probably would have become a true classic, but
it may deserve that status anyway.
fans of 50's horror Them is a must see, for fans of nuclear mutated
monsters that run amuck Them is a masterpiece. Enjoy.