Classic Insect Movies, Creepy and Crawly

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

The Brood II cicadas are emerging from their 17 years underground. Though they're benign, the cicadas' shiny black bodies, silvery wings, bright red eyes, and sheer numbers can make them seem like an invading alien army. Or maybe that impression is influenced by all the insect-invasion movies that have been infesting theaters for decades.

From the giant ants of "Them!," to the killer bees of "The Swarm," insects of many kinds have been bugging humans on the silver screen. The music for these films evokes the skittering, buzzing clamor of large numbers of insects, as well the awe and fear of seeing a bug big enough to squash a human like a insect.

David Garland presents music from some of the great insect movies, including "Them! and "The Swarm," as well as "Empire of the Ants," "The Naked Jungle," "The Fly," "Mothra," "Beginning of the End," and more.

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Comments [2]

cathy from california

well i'm, listening now and it sounds pretty good so i can see why someone would "bother to do this"

Jun. 08 2013 09:22 PM
john dunbar from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Looking back on those movies I thrilled to as a kid, I can't believe that I liked them and certainly have no recollection of there being any music associated with them. Anyway, there can't possibly be any interest in the music so why would anyone bother to do this.

Jun. 08 2013 08:14 AM

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