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5.0 out of 5 stars Stridulation, 27 Jan 2013
This review is from: Them! [DVD] [1954] (DVD)
Them! One of my favourite Sci-fi films despite its age.

It is a wonderfully atmospheric film that started the craze of giant creature features in the 1950s. It was never surpassed in either effects or quality and is still exciting today although younger viewers would bemoan the lack of CGI. We are not shown the ants until a significant way through the film and then only in part - a clever tactic which helps to build up the suspense.

One of the most haunting effects of the whole film is the noise the film makers gave to the ants communicating - stridulation, which some ants can achieve by rubbing sections of their thorax together. Not all ant species can do this.

The actors, although not 'A' raters, give a good account of themselves, particularly Edmund Gwenn who is ideally cast as the aging Dr. Metford. The mood of impending doom is occasionally lifted with some well timed, witty remarks and the whole film moves along at a cracking pace.

As a closing aside I would like to relate a little story. A few years ago I was standing on a platform at London's Clapham Junction train station with my daughter (who also likes the film) when one of the, then, newer tube trains pulled into the northernmost platform. As it braked it created an eerie sound and as one my daughter and I turned to each other and said 'Them'. The noise was remarkably similar to the ants 'stridulation' in the film!
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