In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson and his partner find a child wandering in the desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr. Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and they are starting a huge colony in the underground of the city. When a mother reports that her two children are missing, the team and the army have a lead to follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children and destroy the colony? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Sci-Fi Classic of the Atomic Age
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Did You Know?
In 1998, Joan Weldon
revealed that during the shoot of Them!
(1954), the temperature reached 110°F and both she and Edmund Gwenn
were wearing wool clothing. It was even more insufferable for Gwenn, who struggled with advanced arthritis. Although unnoticeable to audiences, he was in pain and was helped off set by his valet. See more
The ants are destroyed in the original nest using cyanide (HCN) gas. HCN works by attacking hemoglobin and changing it into cyanohemaglobin, which holds tightly to oxygen and won't release it to tissues. As Dr. Medford points out, ants and other insects breath through spiracles in their sides, which send oxygen directly to individual cells via tiny Malphigian tubes. Insects have no hemoglobin, so they would be immune to HCN. Something like nerve gas would work because it is similar to organophosphate insecticide. See more
Dr. Harold Medford
[addressing a group of government officials
That, gentlemen, is why you are here - to consider this problem and, I hope, solve it. Because unless you solve it, unless these queens are located and destroyed before they've established thriving colonies and can produce, heaven alone knows, how many more queen ants, man, as the dominant species of life on earth, will probably be extinct within...
[looking at another scientist
Dr. Harold Medford
a year, Doc?