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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
AN ENDLESS TERROR! A NAMELESS HORROR! (Australian daybill)
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Did You Know?
Was originally to have been shot in 3-D. Some elements of the 3-D effects, such as the ants having extreme close-ups and the flame throwers shooting straight into the camera, were used. Although the second eye print was filmed, it was never struck,and likely destroyed later. See more
The press conference given before martial law is declared in Los Angeles takes place at 5 pm on a Sunday, yet the street scenes seen during this time show people thronging the streets shopping, eating ice cream, and getting their shoes shined, all of which are doubtful activities to be taking place on a late Sunday afternoon, even in Los Angeles. See more
I finished the autopsy on Gramps Johnson. Do you want it technical or plain?
Trooper Capt. Fred Edwards
Just plain, Doc. Get to the verb.
Well, Old Man Johnson could've died in any one of five ways: His neck and back were broken, his chest was crushed, his skull was fractured... and here's one for Sherlock Holmes - there was enough formic acid in him to kill twenty men.
Although the movie was shot in black and white, the film title at the opening credits appears blood red and blue! This was accomplished by Warner's Eastman Color process. See more
Older television prints show the title card in the opening credits in black-and-white only; current prints have restored the title "Them" in colour, with a black-and-white background, as it was presented during the film's original theatrical showings. See more
Referenced in Eight Legged Freaks