Them! (1954)




Critic Consensus: One of the best creature features of the early atomic age, Them! features effectively menacing special effects and avoids the self-parody that would taint later monster movies.

Movie Info

A little girl is found wandering in the desert, in a state of complete shock. When she finally revives, she can scream out only one word: "Them!" Any aficionado of 1950s horror films can readily tell you that "Them" are giant ants, a byproduct of the radiation attending the atomic bomb tests of the era. Extremely well organized, these deadly eight-to-twenty-foot mutations converge on the storm drains of Los Angeles in the finale. Forming a united front against the oncoming ant battalions are New … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ted Sherdeman, Russell S. Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
Warner Home Video


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as Dr. Harold Medford

as Dr. Patricia Medford

as Robert Graham

as Brig. Gen. O'Brien

as Major Kibbee

as Off. Ed Blackburn

as Little Girl

as Captain of Troopers

as Crotty

as Jensen

as Ambulance Attendant

as Sergeant

as Watchman

as Psychiatrist

as Ben's Driver

as Jeep Driver

as Lab Man

as Coroner Putnam

as Attendant

as General

as Admiral

as Dr. Grant

as Matron

as MP Sergeant

as Engineer

as Jeep Driver

as Radio Operator

as Army Officer

as Officer

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Washington Official

as Bald Reporter

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Critic Reviews for Them!

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

This science-fiction shocker has a well-plotted story [by George Worthington Yates, adapted by Russell Hughes], expertly directed and acted in a matter-of-fact style.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007
Top Critic

Definitely a chiller.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

By far the best of the '50s cycle of 'creature features.'

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Decently budgeted and atmospheric, it's a sober accomplishment in a cycle that would quickly turn to self-parody.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Easily the best of the giant insect movies... exploring the subject with the full gravity of its horror.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Skillfully made science fiction classic intelligently develops scary premise.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Them!

Fantastic 50s science fiction film depicting the true, unthought-out terrors of the nuclear war.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

Them! Is one of the classic horror films of the 50's. Films like this are a must see for horror fans everywhere as this is a flawless monster film that has a lot to offer to the genre. In the 50ès there were countless monster flicks that came out, and all of them brought something unique to the table. These films make look dated by today's standards, but man are they fun. The over the top story is what makes this picture so good. I mean killer giant ants, just what a cool concept for a film. Gordon Douglas is a great director and he directs a strong cast here that all bring something to the screen. The plot keeps you entertained from start to finish. This is the perfect film to watch if you love monster movies. Classic Sci Fi horror doesn't get any better than this. I really enjoyed this film, and the sheer originality of the movie's concept is what makes this one such a timeless classic. Them! Is a perfect film to watch during the Halloween season, and it definitely delivers something that horror fans will certainly cherish. Nowadays they don't make films like this anymore and despite its cheesy looking special effects, this film still stands the test of time because of its cast, well written script and the sheer entertainment value it offers the viewer. This is among the best monster flicks that I've seen, and like others in the era, it has stood the test of time as a terrific, original and highly entertaining nearly sixty years after it was released.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


I seriously didn't know what to make of Them! when I first saw it. On the one hand it's probably one of the more better made sci-fi B movies from this era, but then on the other hand it tends to be pretty boring. There's some heavy emphasis on plot: what the characters are doing, where they're going, what they have to, ecetera. There aren't that many scenes physically involving the atomic ants, and probably for good reason. I'm sure they realized that people would just find them silly (and they did), but it doesn't make for a very exciting time at the movies. Then again, perhaps I'm just reading to much into it. It's not a pile of crap or anything. The dialogue is mediocre to terrible at times (despite a few decent moments) and the acting isn't award-winning either. It just is what it is. Most of the time I prefer my monsters in the shadows as that tends to make them scarier and more interesting, but in this type of movie, I want my monster right out front where I can see it and often. I didn't get that with Them! which was why it was mostly just disappointing.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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