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The Hill is Alive with the Sound of-Giant Ants! It's "THEM!" -Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we are happy to finally bring to our network  a film which many of our viewers have been clamoring for! Prepare to meet some deadly desert denizens out to prove life is no picnic when you face the atomic-mutated menace of – “THEM!”

This 1954 sci fi favorite begins with a team of New Mexico State Police officers doing a search of the desert- which turns up an unexpected sight- of a little girl wandering the sandy terrain. When they approach her, she is in a daze-catatonic and non-communicative. At a loss to figure out what happened to her, they are directed by a spotter aircraft to a vacation trailer- that has been torn apart and demolished! There are no signs of anyone else- but the two cops, Sgt. Peterson and Trooper Blackburn, are fairly sure the little one was here- and whatever happened is responsible for her condition. They have the child placed in an ambulance- but fail to notice that, when an odd high-pitched sound fills the air, she suddenly sits up in reaction!

Heading down to the road to the local general store- they find that it too has been trashed- and its proprietor lies dead in the cellar! Peterson heads back to police headquarters, leaving Blackburn behind at the crime scene- not knowing the officer will soon hear that same strange sound- leading to disastrous results that leave Blackburn missing!

Back at headquarters, authorities are equally stumped- evidence shows multiple shots were fired by the deceased store owner and Blackburn’s weapon-yet no perpetrators’ bodies were found. Even more confusing- the store owner’s body was full of formic acid! The FBI is called in- one agent Robert Graham, who can’t shed any light on what has happened either. An odd print found at the scenes of the crimes results in the Department of Agriculture calling in some experts- a father/daughter team of animal specialists, Dr. Medford the elder and his lovely offspring Dr. Pat- whose beauty is matched by her brains.

The Drs. Medford form a theory- which they test out during a hospital visit to the girl, who still has not spoken. When a theory the doctor has is tested- and a small glass of formic acid is waved under her nose, the child suddenly becomes frantic, screaming “Them! Them!” ( Hopefully she got credit for naming this film…)

The doctors, Agent Graham and Peterson lead a group out to the desert where the girl was found, with old Dr. Medford hinting he knows what’s behind the strange and deadly destruction- and the cause is revealed to them when huge eight-foot ants attack!( Before someone wisecracks-the ants actually have six feet- the eight is their size.)

It appears that a colony of ants mutated to huge size due to the radiation from atomic testing at nearby Alamogordo. The army steps in with a plan to trap all the ants in their massive anthill colony and destroy them- but- when that plan is not 100% successful, it leads to even greater danger with the ants moving into new – and much more inhabited-territory!

This favorite ‘50s fright flick boasts an impressive cast, including James Whitmore and “Gunsmoke” star James Arness. We’ll talk about the cast members and give some insights to the production’s history, as well as bringing you a new Sven song and a way to help you ditch your cable or satellite provider.

“Them!” infests your TV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central. If you are unsure of when and where to find our show, check in your local listings or at www.metv.com . A huge number of viewers love to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter every week- you can join in, by posting and using the hashtag #svengoolie . Chicago area viewers can relive our Halloween night production from last week- “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man”- at 11 am on our main local channel,  CW26.

The new Sven coffee mugs are a big hit! Fiends who love caffeine (and our program) have been snapping up the terrific mugs, with four different designs, at a rapid pace- so, if you want to have your coffee with someone straight from the coffin, order now in our store! ( Yes, I have a store.) Need I add that they make great gifts? You can buy some for your ants- I mean, aunts!

Join us tonight for the  first “big bug” horror film of the ‘50s-brewing up trouble ( and formic acid) on MeTV!

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MADave 17 days ago
5 minutes good luck everyone
Oscar 17 days ago
Almost Svenday, hope every one had a good week.
MADave 17 days ago
Good evening ladies and germs not sure if I'll be up to trying for first blogger tonight it's been quite a week besides having 2 days off this week good luck to the first blogger and if I'm not here you'll know why!
Aceman2 17 days ago
A year after TBF20KF, Toho Studios unleashed Gojira (Godzilla in the U.S). The original Godzilla film was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, who was heavily influenced by TBF20KF. In fact, for awhile the picture’s working title was Big Monster From 20,000 Miles Beneath The Sea. Thankfully Godzilla prevailed. Below is the Japanese poster for TBF20KF. Note the mushroom cloud which obviously added to the horror and is a central theme in Godzilla.
Carl_N_Brown Aceman2 17 days ago
Interesting. The Japanese poster for TBF20FK used the image of the Nagasaki bombing mushroom cloud.
TBF20FK uses footage of the 1946 Operation Crossroads underwater Test Baker at Bikini Atoll that produced the iconic "cauliflower" cloud that opens a number of 1950s US sci-fi movies.
The a-bomb was a monster that haunted a lot of 1950s theaters.
The1Butler 17 days ago
Rifle season starts Sunday, hope I see a T Rex 🦖
Katink The1Butler 17 days ago
Do you need a special tag for that?🦎
Jack The1Butler 17 days ago
How’re you gonna tie it over the hood of your car?
Katink Jack 17 days ago
I think he's going to need a bigger car. . .
1MikeM The1Butler 17 days ago
Back home a taxidermy man is gonna have a heart attack when he sees what you brung him.
The1Butler The1Butler 17 days ago
It will be scales and tail for everyone!
daleuhlmann 17 days ago
Too bad the FRIDAY 13TH movie series didn't quite make 13 installments--or maybe not?
The1Butler daleuhlmann 17 days ago
Well they had some bad luck on the way.
Jack 17 days ago
It looks like I’ll be out of the First Poster Sweepstakes tonight. Apple released the newest MacOS, and installing it has been glitchy. I’ve gotten advice from Apple Support and will try again to install it again tonight. If anyone one else is having issues with downloading/installing Big Sur, try disconnecting your external HD.

Hopefully, I’ll see you all in the morning on a shiny new OS.
Aceman2 Jack 17 days ago
Hope it works out
Katink Aceman2 17 days ago
Good luck, Jack!
daleuhlmann 17 days ago
Here are some other genre movies with 13 in the title: 13 GHOSTS (as Dr. Clayton had mentioned), but also 13 WOMEN, and THE THIRTEENTH GUEST (AKA MYSTERY OF THE THIRTEENTH GUEST).
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To me APOLLO 13 was almost like a feature length episode of "Men Into Space" the 1959-1960 TV show I really liked.
daleuhlmann daDoctah 17 days ago
Interesting!
Yes, very similar, Carl.
Jack daDoctah 17 days ago
The Illuminati!
Aceman2 17 days ago
Here is another poster for TBF20KF. This poster is from Australia. Notice the warning. “Not Suitable for Children”
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Aceman2 Islander 17 days ago
Islander - poster is available for purchase. Multiple sizes
The1Butler Klaatu 17 days ago
If you say children cant watch , they will come anyway.
DrClayton 17 days ago
My triskaidekaphobia is kicking in & I'm afraid of running into 13 giant ants, 13 ghosts, 13 warriors, and oceans 13 (to name but a few).
Aceman2 DrClayton 17 days ago
The 13 ghosts of Scooby-Doo.
Scooby-Doo and the curse of the 13 th ghost.
MADave Aceman2 17 days ago
I was just about to say that
MADave DrClayton 17 days ago
Just make sure the clock doesn't strike 13 or you'll have to buy a new one!
Jack DrClayton 17 days ago
_The Thirteenth Warrior_?! Good movie--best adaptation of _Beowulf_ written on a dare!
DrClayton 17 days ago
Some of you may have been wondering how our giant ants would fare in the COVID era...
So you obviously missed when Sven did a version of that joke.
Some jokes are worth repeating.

And if you’re going to steal a joke, steal it from someone that has good ones. I think Milton Berle may have said that.
The1Butler 17 days ago
How'd Matt Dillion get so smart ? Good writing? Anyway it would be nice to be so calm and level headed.
Aceman2 The1Butler 17 days ago
He learned from dealing with THEM
daDoctah The1Butler 17 days ago
All through the movie I kept thinking: "You want Spencer Tracy - You'd settle for James Whitmore - You get ... who?"

Help me fill in the third name on this list.
Carl_N_Brown daDoctah 17 days ago
Dick Miller
The1Butler daDoctah 17 days ago
James Brown
1MikeM daDoctah 17 days ago
Ronald Reagan
Carl_N_Brown daDoctah 17 days ago
Jonathan Haze
Catbat 18 days ago
Happy Friday the 13th!
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TheKodakKid Jack 17 days ago
Jack, I hope it was your cat. Be REALLY unsettling if it wasn’t.
JohnBlair Catbat 17 days ago
Warm Kitty, Soft Kitty. Little ball of.....
Jack TheKodakKid 17 days ago
Yes, it was Pyewacket. I had a friend who, watching late night TV in the living room, thought her cat was snuggling up top of a sleeping bag. It was a raccoon that had come in the cat door.
Katink Aceman2 17 days ago
What a handsome feline, Aceman2! And sounds smart, too!
Catbat 18 days ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All
Well not only is Halloween over but so is the picnic. Ants 🐜🐜that is.
TheKodakKid 18 days ago
About to hit the road. Everyone have a good day. I should be back shortly before Sven unleashes The Beast tomorrow night.
Lynn TheKodakKid 18 days ago
Good journey, Kodak.
Aceman2 TheKodakKid 18 days ago
Safe trip. Here is a lepus foot to give you good luck
TheKodakKid 18 days ago
A passing of note. Ken Spears has died at age 82.

Most known and loved by many of us as the co-creator of Scooby-Doo. He, usually in partnership with Joe Ruby, were involved with much of the Saturday morning programs we watched in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

He also has a Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night (Red Eye) connection as well. He served as a story consultant on the “Planet of the Apes” TV series.

Joe Ruby had passed away on August 26.
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 17 days ago
RIP, Mr. Ruby.
Aceman2 18 days ago
Klaatu Aceman2 18 days ago
I wonder how many characters have names of the week? We have Sargent Friday and Wednesday from Adams Family.
PatS Klaatu 18 days ago
Characters? Can't think of more, but in real life we had Tuesday Weld and Reverend Billy Sunday.
NoPersonalChicks Klaatu 18 days ago
Thursday Howell III ?
Floyd Thursday. Sam Spade’s partner killed in The Maltese Falcon.
daDoctah Klaatu 17 days ago
It's a stretch, but Robert Wagner's character on "It Takes a Thief" was Alexander Mundy.

Garfield probably hated him.
That was a great series that everybody wanted to be on. The cast lists 629 over just 3 seasons. Nancy Kovack, Amy Thomson, Suzanne Pleshette, Susan Saint James. What wasn't for a teenage boy to love?
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