Hello all. This is our last Saturday before the 31st, and I wanted to cover one of my favorite films. It is one of the first atomic monster movies and the first to feature giant insects. The film is titled simply Them!.
As a kid, I adored this film and still enjoy watching it and exposing others to it. The film stars James Whitmore and James Arness as lawmen, who stumble upon an incredible discovery. Atomic radiation has caused an ant colony to grow to gigantic proportions. This film actually taught me a lot of things that I would never have known about ants and covers the science accurately. It also claims Oscar-nominated special effects.
Fans of classic giant monster movies have to see this one. If you grew up watching old horror movies on Saturday nights, I guarantee that you have seen this classic. Click on the cover below and read on for the official synopsis from Amazon.com.
Synopsis: A landmark movie about giant radiation-mutated ants with Oscar®-nominated effects and an epic struggle in the drains beneath Los Angeles, Them! only gets better with age.
This one is by far a campy classic that was a favorite of mine when I was around six or seven. Today, I give you Night of the Lepus.
I think the best way to introduce this film is to quote from the actual film: “Ladies and gentlemen, a herd of killer rabbits is headed this way.” That’s right, giant killer man eating rabbits are roaming the plains of the Midwest devouring entire towns as they travel by night. Two great things about this 1) the rabbits are obviously shot on miniatures, and 2) the actors are never in the same shot as the monstrous hares. Also there’s nothing like a cute fuzzy bunny with bright red stage blood smeared on its face as it smiles. It’s cute.
Starring Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and Stuart Whitman, this movie has a solid cast, but is just a little bit too campy to ever be seriously considered.
Click the image below to get the movie with the official synopsis below.
Synopsis: A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning ranchlands instead turns them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus. Can anything stop these hare?