Wow! Who wouldn’t want to see a movie like that one?
I was nine years old when my older brother and our friends convinced me to go see “Them” at the Crafton movie theater. Normally, when we went to a movie, we’d catch the Saturday matinee. For whatever reason, we went to see “Them” in the early evening… which meant it was dark when we came out of the theater.
And then, we had to walk home past the woods.
In many ways we were fortunate to have woods near our home. We did live in the City of Pittsburgh, but there were still many vacant lots… and woods. We spent countless hours playing in those woods while we were growing up. In fact, in the winters, we’d stand on top of the hill shown in the picture and throw snowballs at cars.
Shame on us! Naturally, we did many other things we should not have done while we were basically out of the sight of our parents. But those stories will have to wait to be told.
Getting back to “Them”, you might have noticed near the end of the video that the giant ants sounded a lot like crickets. We saw the movie in the middle of summer and our beloved woods were filled with crickets… and they were all merrily chirping as we walked past the woods on our way home.
Needless to say, it wasn’t long before we broke into a trot – make that a mad dash – to get away from whatever evil might have been lurking in the woods and pretending to be crickets.
It wouldn’t be at all surprising if I had sworn off monster movies from that day on. Walking home past the woods and the crickets made me realize “Them” had scared the pants off me! However, it wasn’t long after that experience that one of our older brothers offered to take us to a drive-in movie.
The feature that evening was “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”. I guess I was just a glutton for punishment. To learn about the effect that movie had on me, search this site for the word “plankton”.