I had my two friends Steve and Pam join me for this viewing of the radiated atomic ant creature feature Them from 1954. Lovely couple but Pam is an outrageous flirt and Steve spent the whole time moaning that the plot was too close to the real events that happened to his mining colony on the Moon of Callisto. Where after using nukes to clear the tunnels for the easier movement of the iron ore they failed to see that tiny creatures, much like termites, lived in the rock. Few months later the blasted things were the size of cars and chomping their way through the miners. Steve managed to get out ok due to the fact his lizard skin isn’t at all tasty. Oh how we all laughed at that whilst I topped up his glass and offered him one of my Montecristo Cigars.
Tagline – A horror horde of crawl-and-crush giants clawing out of the earth from mile-deep catacombs!
Quick rundown of plot goes as follows. Nuclear testing out in New Mexico has resulted in these insane gigantic mutant ants being created. Ant’s being ants just want to get on with their lives building colonies and attacking anything that gets in there way. Using the sewers and tunnel systems of Los Angeles they make their way to the city looking to make a nest and chomping through some people along the way. Can our heroes help save the day? Tune in to find out.
It’s magnificent fun, has a good message and has big mo-fo giant ants, what more do you want? The effects are top notch for the time too. This is sci-fi horror gold.
“When Man entered the Atomic Age, he opened the door to a new world. What we may eventually find in that new world, nobody can predict”.
Adapted from a story by George Worthing Yates and Directed by Gordon Douglas. Where this film could’ve easily have gone into top ten B-Movie lists of all time. In reality it’s much better than that and took a heap of money and is still fondly remember and beloved by science fiction and horrors fans from around the world.
Also gets billed as being one of the first films to use the “Nuclear Tests” makes “Gigantic Mutant” formula and what with Godzilla coming out in the same year I don’t know who got in there first? Do you know? Let me know please. I read The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was in 1953 which would beat them both. Not seen that, it’s going on my watch list now. Rubs my hairy palms together….
Here’s the trailer
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