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Old February 23 2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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THEM! (1954) - provides insight into a xenomorph infestation on Earth.

THEM! was the “ALIENS” of the 1950's. Not literally, but its analogous or parallel to what ALIENS would be 32 years later. There were a handful of films 50 years ago which were the “ALIEN(S)” of that time.

There are differences between the films, but they are somewhat similar at the same time. THEM! gives me an idea of what an ALIEN presence on Earth would be like. THEM! may not do that for every aficionado.

THEM! is a lone non-sequel, in contrast to ALIENS, & featuring giant ants. Huge, dangerous & deadly but aren't parasites & don't bleed acid.

Xenomorphs we know all too well. Many of we aficionados know them better than the backs of our hands.

So, if you've seen THEM!, do you find it gives you an on-screen idea of what a xenomorph infestation on Earth itself might or would be like?
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Old February 23 2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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Re: THEM! (1954) - provides insight into a xenomorph infestation on Ea

It'd be pretty easily resolved: If an Alien was in Death Valley, they just would have to nuke Death Valley. If they were captured and brought for study it would either be on some space station or an isolated lab in the middle of nowhere, not some city. As soon as they escaped they would either blow up the station or just nuke the area the lab was in.
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Old February 24 2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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Re: THEM! (1954) - provides insight into a xenomorph infestation on Ea

Back when I was about 11 or 12, that was the early 70's, there was a real absence of science fiction on tv. On Sunday nights channel 29 from Buffalo would broadcast some old science fiction movie from the 50's. I remember Them! very well from that time, it became one of my favourites of that genre.

Them! had nothing to do with aliens, it was giant ants, they grew to enormous size due to radiation. This was a common theme in the 50's because of fears of the Bomb and little understanding about atomic power. When The Incredible Hulk comic was created by Stan Lee, it was inspired by these crazy 50's radiation movies.

One of the things that struck me about the movie when I was young, there were two main male heroic protagonists, and one of them got killed at the end saving everyone. That really struck me, because it was the first movie I'd seen where the hero died, and it was a really forceful ending for me. Looking back with a bit more understanding of film history, this was a bit of Film Noir leaking into the sci fi genre of the era. These days that kind of thing is common, but back then it was really striking for me.

Next day I went out on the driveway and burned me some ants with my magnifying glass.
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Old February 28 2009, 12:51 AM   #4
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Re: THEM! (1954) - provides insight into a xenomorph infestation on Ea

Fellow ALIEN(S)ados, thanks for your feedback.

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Old February 28 2009, 12:58 AM   #5
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It's not quite analogous, since the xenomorphs use people as breeding stock, while giant ants just, y'know, eat 'em. But certainly both movies serve as extremely good exemplars of their respective sf/horror-movie forms (Atomic Horror, Space Action Horror).
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Old February 28 2009, 01:19 AM   #6
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Re: THEM! (1954) - provides insight into a xenomorph infestation on Ea

The sound of THEM is still a film classic. In fact that sound like a good way to kill some time until BSG comes on.
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Old March 3 2009, 11:13 PM   #7
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THEM! (1954) perfectly complements ALIEN & ALIENS
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Old March 4 2009, 02:02 AM   #8
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Hudson: "Is this gonna be a stand up fight or another bughunt?"

LT: "There may be a xenomorph involved."

Hudson: "A xenomorph?"

Hicks: "It's a bug hunt."
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