Monday, December 7, 2009

Them! (1954)

4.5 / 5 Dec '09
Tagline: The Amazing New Warner Bros. Sensation!
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Written by: Ted Sherdeman, Russell S. Hughes
Actors include: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror
Length: 94 minutes
Banned: Nope

Y'know, this has just about everything and it's one of the most thrilling sci-fi films I've seen yet. It's also frightening as far as the concept goes, although it seems ridiculous at first the more you think about it the more it seems surprisingly possible (kind of). At first we meet a little girl who can't speak (from terror!) and we watch as the Police are trying to investigate a series of break-ins and sugar thefts (hmmm). Of course as one can tell by merely looking at the cover it's a giant ant picture but considering the time the effects are reasonable, the destruction is great and it's a nice little warning about atomic bombs too! There are other factors at play too as they learn of who "Them" are are they willing to admit it to the public before it's too late? Do they stand a chance...does earth? See ants have a habit of killing some and enslaving others...what will be our fate? Maybe I enjoyed this so much because I had no expectations going in but then again maybe this is just a classic that is still exciting today!

Availability:  On DVD as part of a 2fer with "The Beast With 20,000 Fathoms"

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