Tonight on MeTV-it’s a sort-of sequel to a fantastic ‘50s film- as an enormous menace, thought to have expired, is rumored to have re-appeared south of the border- only to have the rumors proven as fact, and the menace even more dangerous than it was previously! Allies of two adjoining nations are forced to engage in the “War of the Colossal Beast”!
There’s a mystery in old Mexico- a truck bringing food to a local gun club has disappeared! Its driver has been found in a state of shock, and is uncommunicative- so, there is no explanation as to what happened to him, or where the missing vehicle might be.
When a news story about the incident is broadcast on TV in Los Angeles, Joyce Manning sees it and has her own theory- so she heads down to Guavos, Mexico, to meet with the local authorities, and co-ordinate with the American military’s Col Mark Baird- in hopes of discovering if what she suspects is true.
The only evidence so far: that, judging from its tire tracks, the truck disappeared straight up- and the footprints of a huge man have been found in the area- make Joyce feel she knows the answer- her brother, Col. Glenn Manning, was turned into a giant by exposure to radiation! Dubbed “the Colossal Man”, he was supposedly killed and fell off Boulder Dam, with his body never found- but now, she thinks he may have survived and is roaming the desert in Mexico!
When the search party heads out and climbs a mountain in search of more proof- they not only find the truck, but come face to hideous face with the Colossal Man- who has obviously suffered injuries in his fall from the dam, disfiguring him and causing brain damage that has reduced him to a savage beast.
Since the missing truck was filled with groceries, they think this giant must be searching for food- and plan to drive a truck loaded with bread ( spiked with a chemical that would put the big guy to sleep) through the area near where the other truck disappeared, in hope of luring him out and sedating him. It works! The massive beast-man grabs the truck, consumes the bread, and finally drops to the ground, unconscious.
It’s decided that he should be returned to America for treatment on a huge transport plane- but we witness bureaucracy in action as government agency after agency shift the responsibility for taking care of Manning from themselves to another group! There’s even some hesitance regarding where they can land the plane and confine the giant- but he is eventually ensconced in a hanger at the airport near Los Angeles, bound for the safety of himself and the personnel, for study and treatment. Joyce maintains that, regardless of his clouded mind, she may be able to get through to him and reason with him- and psychologists and experts are brought in as well. Unfortunately, the giant’s unstable mind drives him to escape his bonds and head into the city to create deadly havoc! Will this colossal beast prove to be unstoppable?
As mentioned, this 1958 film is “sort of” a sequel to American International’s “The Amazing Colossal Man”- it even includes some footage from that movie in a flashback- but some things are at odds with the original, which we will explain, including the reason for the beast’s deformed facial features. We’ll provide background about the film, talk about the cast, present a commercial for an item to add to your dinner menu, bring you a colossal song, and more, plus- watch for a couple tributes to people who have made a big impact on our productions. Also be watching at the very end of the film for a gimmick we have seen in another AIP movie!
“War of the Colossal Beast” will be waged tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. Our Twitter followers will again be live-Tweeting during the program, using the hashtag #svengoolie – and MeTV invites you to join in, no matter what time zone you are in when you watch us. Our local Chicago area audience can get one more look at the movie that asks you to guess who the werewolf is- “The Beast Must Die”- this morning on our main local station, CW26, at 11 am.
We now have an item in our store that many fans have been asking for- finally, a zip-up front Sven hoodie! We also still have the pull-over version, and all the sizes are back in stock- so, you can have your choice!
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend- be safe, and be with us tonight for the return of a giant- who’s gruesome! (Wait- he already “grew some” in the original movie…)
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