There is nothing quite like a vintage ‘monster or horror’ movie. You just can’t compare it to the high tech extravaganzas of the 21st century. I am absolutely convinced some of my ingrained suspicions about certain animals or insects are due to some of these classic films. I’m telling ya, Hitchcock’s Birds really has a lot to answer for, and I don’t think I will ever forget the sounds the giant ants make in the 1954 film Them.
Them is one of the first nuclear monster films made during the 1950s, and one of the first to feature big bugs. Thinking about it my childhood was filled with a lot of unfortunate large animals and insects, who had the misfortune to encounter radiation.
This film was a stepping stone for quite a few actors who went on to have successful television and film careers., including Leonard Nimoy (Star Trekian legend Mr. Spock) in a very small role.
The sounds the giant ants emit in the film were the calls of Bird-voiced tree frogs mixed in with the calls of a wood thrush, hooded warbler and red-bellied woodpecker. It was recorded at Indian Island, Georgia on April 11, 1947 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (wikipedia)
Creepy, just plain ol’ creepy. It’s not even the fact they are giant ants either, it is just the sound they make. Did I mention how creepy it is?
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