History Film / Them

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.
10th Jan '16 1:25:36 AM Mdumas43073
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Classic 1954 horror/sci-fi movie. A little girl is found wandering in the New Mexican desert, the only survivor of an unknown calamity that befell her vacationing family. When roused from her catatonia, she can only scream [[TitleDrop "Theeeeem!"]] Official investigation finally leads to the discovery that the culprits are Cadillac-sized ants, [[ILoveNuclearPower mutated by atomic radiation]]. The race is then on to locate and destroy the ants' nest before new queens hatch out and fly across the world.

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Classic 1954 horror/sci-fi movie. A classic sci-fi/horror movie from 1954, directed by Gordon Douglas, starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, and James Arness.

A little girl is found wandering in the New Mexican desert, the only survivor of an unknown calamity that befell her vacationing family. When roused from her catatonia, she can only scream [[TitleDrop "Theeeeem!"]] Official investigation finally leads to the discovery that the culprits are Cadillac-sized ants, [[ILoveNuclearPower mutated by atomic radiation]]. The race is then on to locate and destroy the ants' nest before new queens hatch out and fly across the world.
10th Jan '16 1:21:08 AM Mdumas43073
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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. The hem of her skirt briefly gets caught on a ladder as she exits from the bottom of a plane, 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. The hem of her skirt briefly gets caught on a ladder as 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.
10th Jan '16 1:19:31 AM Mdumas43073
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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. The hem of her skirt briefly gets caught on a ladder as she exits a plane, putting her legs on display for a few seconds. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.

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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. The hem of her skirt briefly gets caught on a ladder as she exits from the bottom of a plane, putting her legs on display for a few seconds.seconds before we see her face. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.
10th Jan '16 1:18:35 AM Mdumas43073
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* AbsentMindedProfessor - Edmund Gwenn's character.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer - The Los Angeles storm drains are the setting for the climax.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs - Well, ship out in the middle of the ocean with the ants, but the humans get to pull it off too with their nests.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor - AbsentMindedProfessor: Edmund Gwenn's character.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer - AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The Los Angeles storm drains are the setting for the climax.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs - AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Well, ship out in the middle of the ocean with the ants, but the humans get to pull it off too with their nests.



* FriendToAllChildren - Peterson. It's pretty obvious from his actions and body language that children in any kind of distress really upsets him.

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* FriendToAllChildren - FriendToAllChildren: Peterson. It's pretty obvious from his actions and body language that children in any kind of distress really upsets him.



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

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



* HeroicBSOD: - That little girl.
* HeroicSacrifice - [[spoiler: Peterson.]]
* HollywoodApocrypha - Dr. Medford sr. quotes some as the scope of the problem appears...

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* HeroicBSOD: - That little girl.
* HeroicSacrifice - HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Peterson.]]
* HollywoodApocrypha - HollywoodApocrypha: Dr. Medford sr.Sr. quotes some as the scope of the problem appears...



* HotScientist - Joan Weldon as Pat Medford.

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* HotScientist - HotScientist: Joan Weldon as Pat Medford.



* ImmuneToBullets - Unless you aim at the antennae, effectively blinding the ants. They're not ''completely'' immune, but quite resistant.
* InfantImmortality - Though this is still a pretty grim dark movie, mostly played straight, but averted for one subtle instance offscreen before the start of the film; see Fridge tab...
* KillItWithFire - This film had flamethrower-toting heroes stalking monsters through dark tunnels decades before ''{{Franchise/Alien}}''.

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* ImmuneToBullets - ImmuneToBullets: Unless you aim at the antennae, effectively blinding the ants. They're not ''completely'' immune, but quite resistant.
* InfantImmortality - InfantImmortality: Though this is still a pretty grim dark movie, mostly played straight, but averted for one subtle instance offscreen before the start of the film; see Fridge tab...
* KillItWithFire - KillItWithFire: This film had flamethrower-toting heroes stalking monsters through dark tunnels decades before ''{{Franchise/Alien}}''.



* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction and SkirtsAndLadders. Her hem briefly gets caught on a ladder as she exits a plane, putting her legs on display for a few seconds. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.
* TheMenInBlack - The pilot who witnesses the flying ants can't get anyone to believe him, and the doctor tells the protagonists he's going to let him go as he thinks he's faking insanity to excuse crashing his aircraft. Instead the protagonists order the doctor to commit the pilot until the government tells him otherwise. Ah, those were the days; none of this memory-wiping flashy stuff...
* NoisyNature - The ants display good lung-power.

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* MaleGaze: Our first glimpse of Pat combines this with FeetFirstIntroduction FeetFirstIntroduction, ShesGotLegs, and SkirtsAndLadders. Her The hem of her skirt briefly gets caught on a ladder as she exits a plane, putting her legs on display for a few seconds. A crewman offers assistance, but she demurs.
* TheMenInBlack - TheMenInBlack: The pilot who witnesses the flying ants can't get anyone to believe him, and the doctor tells the protagonists he's going to let him go as he thinks he's faking insanity to excuse crashing his aircraft. Instead the protagonists order the doctor to commit the pilot until the government tells him otherwise. Ah, those were the days; none of this memory-wiping flashy stuff...
* NoisyNature - NoisyNature: The ants display good lung-power.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Every layer of government behaves as rationally as it can, under the circumstances.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Every layer of government behaves as rationally as it can, under the circumstances.



* ScreamingWoman - Used effectively (e.g. with restraint) for once. Pat Metford screams the first time she (and the audience) catch sight of a giant killer ant at close quarters, but is calm and professional the rest of the movie. And of course there's the catatonic girl who suddenly breaks into a TitleDrop when she smells a vial of formic acid.

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* ScreamingWoman - ScreamingWoman: Used effectively (e.g. with restraint) for once. Pat Metford screams the first time she (and the audience) catch sight of a giant killer ant at close quarters, but is calm and professional the rest of the movie. And of course there's the catatonic girl who suddenly breaks into a TitleDrop when she smells a vial of formic acid.



* SquareCubeLaw - Obviously ignored, but let's face it - you couldn't have the movie if you didn't.
* StayInTheKitchen - Impressively averted, considering the era it was made. The military gasses the nest of giant killer ants, and the next stage is for someone to go down into the nest and confirm they're all dead. This is universally recognized as a [[DarknessEqualsDeath very bad idea]], yet HotScientist Dr. Pat Medford argues firmly and convincingly that she ''has'' to go down into the nest as her father is too old and she can't give the two male leads "a crash course in insect pathology".
* StockScream - Several uses of the Wilhelm Scream. (Although this was long before it became an example of this trope.)
* TheEndOrIsIt - [[spoiler: The ants are all wiped out, but Dr. Medford Sr. issues a grim warning; the atomic genie is out the bottle...]]
* TitleDrop - When the little girl is snapped out of her HeroicBSOD, she SHOUTS it...

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* SquareCubeLaw - SquareCubeLaw: Obviously ignored, but let's face it - you couldn't have the movie if you didn't.
* StayInTheKitchen - StayInTheKitchen: Impressively averted, considering the era it was made. The military gasses the nest of giant killer ants, and the next stage is for someone to go down into the nest and confirm they're all dead. This is universally recognized as a [[DarknessEqualsDeath very bad idea]], yet HotScientist Dr. Pat Medford argues firmly and convincingly that she ''has'' to go down into the nest as her father is too old and she can't give the two male leads "a crash course in insect pathology".
* StockScream - StockScream: Several uses of the Wilhelm Scream. (Although this was long before it became an example of this trope.)
* TheEndOrIsIt - TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The ants are all wiped out, but Dr. Medford Sr. issues a grim warning; the atomic genie is out the bottle...]]
* TitleDrop - TitleDrop: When the little girl is snapped out of her HeroicBSOD, she SHOUTS it...



* TooDumbToLive - No one noticed a bunch of giant ants nesting on a ship? This is at least lampshaded when a character asks the same question.

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* TooDumbToLive - TooDumbToLive: No one noticed a bunch of giant ants nesting on a ship? This is at least lampshaded when a character asks the same question.
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