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Them! is a 1954 Warner Bros. Pictures black and white science fiction film about a nest of gigantic irradiated ants discovered in the New Mexico desert.

The film is based on an original story treatment by George Worthing Yates, which was developed into a screenplay by Ted Sherdeman and Russell Hughes. It was produced by David Weisbart and directed by Gordon Douglas.

One of the first of the 1950s "nuclear monster" movies, and the first "big bug" film,

The film begins as a simple suspense story, with police investigating mysterious disappearances and unexplained deaths; it slowly develops into a horror story about radiation-enlarged giant ants. To build suspense, these giants are only heard on occasion and not seen until nearly a third of the way into the film. Wikipedia

Initial Release: June 19, 1954
Awards: Them! was nominated for an Oscar for its Special Effects and won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.

Them! 1954
Them! 1954

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Starring: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon

Director: Gordon Douglas

Writers: Ted Sherdeman, Russell S. Hughes

Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

Description: The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Plot Summery: [Spoiler Alert!]

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 and the ants migrate to Los Angeles and establish a nest in the vast sub-terranean sewer system. Written by garykmcd