Warner Brothers, 1954
I hadn’t seen this in years, but after posting (August 30) about ants in the house I decided to get it from Netflix, and we finally watched it tonight. It’s a classic.
While I remembered most of the film, the cinematography, especially of the first 15-20 minutes is better than I’d remembered. The scene with the two cops walking into the general store at night, during a sand storm, is pretty spooky.
There’s the signature scene where the little girl, after a whiff of formic acid, screams and cries out “Them, them!” And the final scenes at night in the LA storm drains are great too.
I always thought it was one of the better fifties horror-creature films, and having just seen it that opinion is reinforced. The closing remarks that man has entered the atomic age and we don’t know what that will bring are both typical of the 1950s creature-horror genre, but somewhat prophetic as well. Good stuff.