The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms / Them!
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- The Rhedosaurus and the Roller Coaster: Making the Beast and Harryhausen & Bradbury: An Unfathomable Friendship featurettes
- Behind the scenes archive: "How to Operate Giant Ants"
- Subtitles: English, Francais & Espanol
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 22, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Warner Home Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Eugene Lourie & Gordon Douglas|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Them! (1954, 92 mins.): One of the best of the Atomic Age creature features is Them! Radiation-mutated ants - 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons - become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. They're big. They're bad. They've got a serious attitude problem. You won't find a can of bug spray big enough to stop 'em!
Humanity has split the atom, unleashing a new era of science - an era that would also unleash monstrous celluloid rampages. An A-bomb test in the Arctic awakens The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and it makes New York City its stomping ground in the movie (based on a story by Ray Bradbury) that launched a string of Atomic Age creature features. One of the best of those cautionary yarns is Them! Radiation-mutated ants - 12 feet long and capable of lifting tons - become giant problems for James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and all of Los Angeles. They're big. They're bad. They've got a serious attitude problem. You won't find a can of bug spray big enough to stop 'em!
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 66 ratings.
These are two Fifties science fiction features are classics of the genre, well worth seeing. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms wasn't the first film to feature a prehistoric creature rampaging through a modern city (that would be The Lost World, 1925) but it is the direct ancestor of the Godzilla series. In fact, the much-maligned 1998 Godzilla film might have fared better had it billed itself a remake of this movie. The arrival in New York scenes are very similar. Beast features good acting, a steadily increasing pace, and an excellent creature thanks to the animation of Ray Harryhausen. Them!, likewise, is the great-granddaddy of all the giant bug movies of the Fifties and Sixties and is one of the best. Tight suspense is maintained throughout, and the action scenes are brisk and frequent. Both movies are an excellent introduction to big-critter sci-fi films of the era.