Creatures: Them! (1954)

A classic example of fifties sci-fi’s obsession with radiation, Them! is one of the first major-studio films to envision giant, mutated insects – in this case, ants – threatening the existence of mankind as a result of being exposed to radioactive fallout from atom bomb tests. It’s one of the best examples of the genre.

Creatures is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s.

 

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