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.
Today, I wanted to bring up one of my all-time favorite films: Howard Hawks The Thing from Another World. This 1951 classic is based off of John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There and was remade into a more faithful retelling of the story by John Carpenter in 1982 as simply The Thing, starring Kurt Russell. Most of you will have at least heard of Carpenter’s film. However, due to stricter guidelines and effect limitations the original dealt with a plant-based lifeform that did not mimic creatures, but instead used blood to grow clones of itself.
This movie is well-written, acted, and still has a few scenes that will make you jump. I know that last one because when I show this movie to people for the first time, they always jump at the same places. If you are interested in picking up a copy of this gem, please click the image below, and the synopsis is beneath it.
Synopsis: A UFO crashes near an isolated military base in the far Arctic.Scientists recover the craft’s now-frozen alien pilot and take it back to their base. While debating whether to study the alien, try to communicate with it or kill it, the pilot awakens–and the scientists’ question of if it is friend or foe is quickly answered.Now, trapped in a frozen wasteland with an unstoppable, nonhuman creature that sees them as prey, the small band of scientists come face to face with The Thing.