Before the world had the complex issue of “Global Warming” to worry about and frighten people there was the very real threat of nuclear destruction. Many of the old science fiction movies made during the 50’s and 60’s were made to propagate the threat of annihilation because of the use of nuclear energy. Unlike today’s threat of “Global Warming” which is just a scare tactic, created by the government, so that people have something to fear which allows the governments of the world to continue to control the population by limiting their choices and freedoms to use energy sources that are readily available and inexpensive.
I never saw the movie Them until it come to the television screen. I think I first saw it when it was presented by the TV channel “American Movie Classics”. According to today’s standards the movie might be considered very unrealistic and unbelievable. The special effects are poorly done, but considered good for the 1950’s. I find the movie entertaining like so many other movies created during the early 1950’s. I have an unusual fascination for movies produced in black and white, perhaps because during my childhood and teenage years my family didn’t have a color television. Black and white movies might be considered comfort food for my mind.
In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia ‘Pat’ Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony?
Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Police Sgt. Ben Peterson finds a little girl wandering aimlessly in the New Mexico desert and they trace her to the family’s camping trailer a few miles away. There is no sign of her parents and the trailer itself has been badly damaged. Soon after, Peterson’s partner and the owner of a general store are also killed. They’re not sure what they have on their hands but are soon joined by FBI Agent Robert Graham and two doctors from the Department of Agriculture, Harold Medford and his daughter Pat. They discover that there is a nest of giant mutated ants resulting from the atomic tests in the desert 10 years before. They don’t quite manage to kill all of them however and the ants migrate to Los Angeles and establish a nest in the vast subterranean sewer system.
Source: them 1954 – Bing