“The time will come when the beasts will inherit the Earth.”
A journalist (Peggie Castle) and a scientist (Peter Graves) help a general (Morris Ankrum) and his army fight against a swarm of giant atomic locusts headed towards Chicago.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Killer Animals
- Nuclear Threat
- Science Fiction
A direct rip-off of Them! (1954) (with locusts replacing ants), this Z-grade atomic-creature flick has everything you would expect in such a film — including an inevitable romance between a beautiful heroine and a handsome hero; laughably simplistic explanations of the science behind the animal mutations; and crowds running from super-imposed images on the screen. Director Bert I. Gordon — who also helmed Village of the Giants (1965) — was clearly comfortable with filming Big Creatures running amok among ordinary-sized humans, and that comfort shows here. But not much else can be said in the film’s favor.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Reasonably effective imagery of giant locusts
No — though you may want to check out the MST3K version for a few laughs.