The horrors of the Atomic Age strike home in the Sci-Fi classic THEM! A series of strange disappearances have the police in New Mexico baffled, but they soon discover that a mutated form of giant man-eating ants are responsible for the grisly murders. After the military is called in to destroy the nest, the queen escapes, and a new colony pops up beneath the city streets of Los Angeles! Gordon Douglas' 1954 film is a landmark in Science Fiction cinema, unofficially kicking off the nuclear era along with THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS and Japan's GOJIRA. Giant bugs would run rampant on theater screens all across America as a result, with THEM! quickly being followed by TARANTULA, THE DEADLY MANTIS, EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, and others. Outside of simply being the first of its kind, THEM! is also recognized for its Oscar-nominated special effects, the surprising amount of physical violence that occurs on-screen, its impressive set designs, as well as a number of key performances by James Whitmore, James Arness, Edmund Gwenn, and Fess Parker. From Cold War fears to larger-than-life insects, THEM! is a frighteningly entertaining entry in the Giant Monster genre.
If you liked THEM!, check out:
THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, GOJIRA, THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.