Influences! Giant, Mutated Influences!

Funny how you find influences where you least expect them.

I watched a childhood favorite this week: the movie “Them!” from 1954. (James Whitmore, James Arness, Fess Parker, Edmund Gwen.) It’s the one about an atomic experiment in New Mexico creating giant ants. You remember it, even if you’ve never seen it.

It's alive! Cheesy, but alive!

It’s alive! Cheesy, but alive!

I love a lot of those 1950s science fiction films. They’re great fun.

But I noticed that this one, like many, begin with someone saying, “Say, this is mysterious. I know a scientist nearby. Perhaps he can help.”

Which is almost exactly how I introduce protagonist Tommy Tomzak in 2010’s CRASHERS.

I hadn’t realized until this week that I borrowed that shtick.

(Note: Watching the film, I also saw an uncredited, one-scene cameo with a tall, lanky kid and thought, Damn, that Leonard Nimoy. Turns out I was right. He was about 22 or so. But as soon as I heard the voice: boom.)

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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