2009
10.01

EP5: Them!

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Sound the alarms! Call the National Guard! Break out the bug spray! Because your hunky hosts do battle with giant irradiated ants in this episode, commenting on the 1954 science fiction / horror bug movie, Them! These aren’t the kind of ants that mildly spoil a Sunday picnic but, rather, enormous insects which wreak havoc on a small desert community. After the movie, stay tuned for more movie chat and listener mail.

New pics of Matt and Jason for this episode at our Flickr page!

Links: Atomic Bomb | Spinal Stenosis | Beaver Loops | Fire Ants | Der Ewige Jude | Where’s The Beef? | Gigantism | The Incredible Mr. Limpet | Los Angeles River Basin | Sandy Goes Slutty | Leonard Nimoy | Mike Mazurki | Return of the Fly | “Wilhelm” Scream | Peter H. Gilmore

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  1. Wow, I had no idea Them! was WB’s biggest grossing film of 1954, or that James Arness was the Amazing Colossal Man!

    Also hope you get around to doing The Hills Have Eyes sometime soon as well.

  2. Drop us an e-mail about The Hills Have Eyes and I’ll file it away with the other movie suggestions. Thanks.

    Also, in this episode I mentioned a special Oscar that Rick Baker might have gotten in the early-80s. It appears that it was 1981 and it was called the Academy Award for Best Makeup. Baker was the first person to ever get that Oscar (for An American Werewolf In London, of course) and the details are at this Wiki page…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Makeup

    Just in case a few of you out there were wondering about this.

  3. In all fairness, Glenn Langan (Amazing Colossal Man) and Dean Parker (War of the Colossal Beast) were wonderfully colossal as Colonel Glenn Manning, but James Arness was over 134 feet tall at last inspection, and still growing. If he had bigger tits he probably could have done Attack of the 150 Foot Woman!

    The Hills Have Eyes is certainly one of the overlooked greats in the pantheon of Horroricus Americanicus,even with the high-profile remake. It was made at a truly revolutionary time in cinema when filmmakers weren’t afraid to cross the line of cinematic expectation and leave you feeling dirty and irrevocably altered upon exiting the theater. It is so sad to see the steady decline of Wes Cravens “visionary” viability post Hills, although I do appreciate the first Elm Street pic for what it was. If you haven’t yet, check out Alex Aja’s (High Tension) Hills Have Eyes remake. There are some truly depraved set-pieces hiding amongst the trite schlock on display.

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