History Film / THEM

30th May '17 6:08:40 PM nombretomado
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Made a ton of money for WarnerBrothers, and so helped establish many of the giant-monster-running-amok cliches for American cinema. Sadly, the vast majority of [[FollowTheLeader its imitators]] lacked the budget ''and'' the writing and acting talent on display here.

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Made a ton of money for WarnerBrothers, Creator/WarnerBros, and so helped establish many of the giant-monster-running-amok cliches for American cinema. Sadly, the vast majority of [[FollowTheLeader its imitators]] lacked the budget ''and'' the writing and acting talent on display here.
11th Dec '16 4:56:22 PM megarotic
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* ActionGirl: Dr. Pat Medford. She goes into the New Mexico nest along with the men, overriding their objections.
24th Nov '16 7:27:45 PM WanderingBrowser
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* NoisyNature: The ants display good lung-power.

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* NoisyNature: The ants display good lung-power.lung-power, constantly chittering and shrieking in vaguely cicada-like noises. No, it's not biologically accurate. But ''damn'' if it isn't creepy...
30th Aug '16 5:57:41 AM BobTanaka
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* ThatCameOutWrong: A pilot (played by Fess Parker) who's been locked up in an asylum for his claim of seeing giant flying ants defends his sanity:
-->'''Pilot:''' "You think I'd make up something like that? A fella'd have to ''crazy'' to make up something like that! I mean..."
4th Apr '16 12:46:13 AM Doug86
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Not to be confused with the 2006 French horror film ''[[Film/{{Ils}} Them]]'' or the 1960s blues-rock band fronted by Music/VanMorrison. .

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Not to be confused with the 2006 French horror film ''[[Film/{{Ils}} Them]]'' or the 1960s blues-rock band fronted by Music/VanMorrison. .
Music/VanMorrison.



* GenreShift : Starts out as a low-key podunk police investigation, ends with flamethrower assaults in the Los Angeles sewer.

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* GenreShift : GenreShift: Starts out as a low-key podunk police investigation, ends with flamethrower assaults in the Los Angeles sewer.
2nd Apr '16 4:03:56 AM Winter
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhateverAttackOfThe50FootWhatever: More like 10 foot, but that's still much, much larger than regular ants.



* EmergencyAuthority: Martial law is declared in LA when evidence strongly points to a new nest below the city. A 6PM curfew is imposed, with military police patrolling the city.



* FireBreathingWeapon
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sergeant Peterson's love of children.

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* FireBreathingWeapon
FireBreathingWeapon: Flamethrowers are used when characters go into ant nests.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sergeant Peterson's love of children. Also, the ants swarming over spilled sugar in the store.



* ILoveNuclearPower

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* ILoveNuclearPowerILoveNuclearPower: The ants are enormous because of radiation-induced mutations. They appear in New Mexico because that's the site of the first atomic bomb test at Alamogordo.
28th Mar '16 9:45:18 PM FGHIK
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* SquareCubeLaw: Obviously ignored, but let's face it - you couldn't have the movie if you didn't.

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* SquareCubeLaw: Obviously ignored, but let's face it - [[NecessaryWeasel you couldn't have the movie if you didn't.didn't]].
10th Jan '16 1:33:48 AM Mdumas43073
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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. As she exits from the bottom of a plane, her skirt gets caught on a ladder, putting her legs on display for a few seconds before we see her face. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.

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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. As she exits from the bottom of a plane, her skirt gets caught on a ladder, putting her legs on display for a few seconds before we see her face.seconds. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.
10th Jan '16 1:28:13 AM Mdumas43073
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Edmund Gwenn's character, Dr. Harold Melford, has some elements of this.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Edmund Gwenn's character, Dr. Harold Melford, has some elements of this.is a mild example.
10th Jan '16 1:27:31 AM Mdumas43073
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Edmund Gwenn's character.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Edmund Gwenn's character.character, Dr. Harold Melford, has some elements of this.
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