Author Topic: Them! - Revisited  (Read 3429 times)

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Re: Them! - Revisited
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2018, 02:16:13 AM »
Welp, I'm sold! Gonna for sure get that Blu-ray now.

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Re: Them! - Revisited
« Reply #31 on: July 31, 2018, 09:32:17 AM »
We watched THEM on TCM July 30th, and I was reminded that film also has klutzy dialog, too. 

In the 'second boardroom scene' where Doctors Medford are explaining Flying Ants, Edmund Gwenn says, "There could be a hundred, a thousand more, out there..."

The generals start wobbling at the thought, and then say, "You mean, a thousand more like the giant one we killed yesterday?!!"

And Edmund Gwenn woodenly says, "Now now, gentlemen, you're jumping to conclusions." 

Uh.  Doctor Edmund - YOU just said "hundreds, a thousand".  The generals are ONLY jumping to YOUR conclusive statements. 

This is a very poorly-written dialog scene, or else a scene filmed over different days without any continuity checks.  Still, despite these occasional technical hiccups, the film breezes along fast enough to skip over those and enjoy so many more better scenes.  (I love the freighter-at-sea scenes, where the giant claw smashes into a hugely-windowed radio-shack, grabs the screaming radioman as he's tap-tap-tapping out his final SOS.  What nice windows!!  What a great view he had!)   Then the 'boardroom' scene features a step-by-step check of the freighter's stay in Acapulco, leaving a forward cargo hatch open with only a skeleton crew aboard.  "The freighter was swarmed over by giant ants, and sunk" says the Admiral. 

And that gory "bones, ribcage, skulls" scene at the bottom of another ant mound.  New Mexico state trooper's gunbelt.  Clearly visible from a helo 500 feet away.  Boy.  What sharp eyes.

There are so many scenes that are fit for elbow-chucks to kids sitting around me.  "See?  See?  You should be able to see that, too!"

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Re: Them! - Revisited
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2018, 11:24:19 AM »
I got a kick out of the short clip from this film in Ant Man and the Wasp. My favorite part of  Them is the scene featuring the destroyed trailer; for whatever reason that moment gave me the willies.
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Re: Them! - Revisited
« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2018, 10:47:52 PM »
I would not be offended by a remake of this -- if they treat the material seriously and make convincing effects.


...unlike the ones found in this stinker:

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« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2018, 02:10:26 AM »
I went ahead and bought the Blu-ray -- great print! Cheesy effects aside, I think the story still holds up. It definitely remains the best giant bug picture to date.

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« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2018, 02:23:04 AM »
I went ahead and bought the Blu-ray -- great print! Cheesy effects aside, I think the story still holds up. It definitely remains the best giant bug picture to date.

I saw it in the theater when I was 10 (Yeah, like in the picture).  It was scary back then.

All these years and repeated viewings later it is no longer scary.  But, I still love it.  Especially the mysterious beginning.

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« Reply #36 on: May 14, 2019, 08:56:32 AM »
I saw it in the theater when I was 10 (Yeah, like in the picture).  It was scary back then.

All these years and repeated viewings later it is no longer scary.  But, I still love it.  Especially the mysterious beginning.

Just watched Them!, today. Great film. Have not watched the film in a long time.
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