Friday, January 6, 2012
"Kill one and two take its place!"
What starts as an eerie police procedural in the New Mexico desert, turns into an impressively shot and acted creature feature. It's revealed that nuclear bomb tests in the desert have mutated ants into gigantic crawling monsters, ravenous for human blood! It's up to the local authorities, and later, the army to stop them before it's too late.
Released the year after "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms", it may not have been the first irradiated giant monster movie, but it's influences were to felt for years. The influence of "Them!" can be seen in "Aliens" and "Starship Troopers", among others. The special effects hold up today, and were in fact nominated for an academy award in 1955.
Anyway, if you haven't seen "Them!", now's a good time! It's great fun.
Check out the trailer here!