Them! (1954)

In this film, a girl is found wandering in the desert in a state of complete shock. When she finally revives, she can scream out only one word: "Them!" As it turns out, "Them" are giant ants, a by-product of the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 19, 1954
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Consensus: One of the best creature features of the early atomic age, Them! features effectively menacing special effects and avoids the self-parody that would taint later monster movies.


This science-fiction shocker has a well-plotted story [by George Worthington Yates, adapted by Russell Hughes], expertly directed and acted in a matter-of-fact style.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Decently budgeted and atmospheric, it's a sober accomplishment in a cycle that would quickly turn to self-parody.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Skillfully made science fiction classic intelligently develops scary premise.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Definitely a chiller.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A strong cast (James Whitmore, James Arness and Edmund Gwenn), taut direction by Gordon Douglas, an intelligent and involving screenplay, and Oscar-nominated visual effects combine to make this a genuine classic.

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Rob Humanick

Smart and idiosyncratic, with enough climaxes for two movies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

By far the best of the '50s cycle of 'creature features.'

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Easily the best of the giant insect movies... exploring the subject with the full gravity of its horror.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

It isn't all that bad, except when the ants themselves show up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This movie was supposedly the first to ignite the giant bug subgenre, the first of the nuclear monster movies, the age of atomic monsters . Being released in… More
Tim Salmons
I seriously didn't know what to make of Them! when I first saw it. On the one hand it's probably one of the more better made sci-fi B movies from this… More
Sophie Burgess
Fantastic 50s science fiction film depicting the true, unthought-out terrors of the nuclear war.
Lucas Martins
A Great horror film with a wonderful screenplay and a message anti-war that gonna fascinate the audience, until the people that in beginning don't expect… More
Alex roy
Them! Is one of the classic horror films of the 50's. Films like this are a must see for horror fans everywhere as this is a flawless monster film that has… More
Mister Caple
The hallmark of the great monster movies of the 1950's is one of the best from that genre. "Them!",a chiller about giant mutant ants terrorizing… More