Tonight on MeTV- it isn’t the recent computer-generated battle of the behemoths- but the old-school version from 1963-when two of the biggest monsters in horror history collide in an epic battle of building-flattening fury- as Japan's greatest horror export faces off against the legendary giant ape who first thrilled America (in slightly different form!) in 1933-it's "King Kong VS Godzilla"!
Things begin with a tense situation, with an American submarine in peril- trapped by the collapse of an iceberg. A rescue aircraft overhead witnesses an astonishing sight- a strange glow within the iceberg! The shocking reason for this light show is revealed when iceberg's collapses, freeing the massive monster Godzilla, who had been frozen inside it! Now liberated from its icy prison, the huge reptile instinctively heads for an area he is all too familiar with- Japan!
Meanwhile, we get a taste of how the TV industry works, as a greedy pharmaceutical company's boss is fighting the curse of diminishing ratings on shows he sponsors- and, upon learning of a legendary giant beast supposedly living on a distant primitive island, decides that would be just the thing to get people to tune into the shows and generate big ratings with this sensational find! ( He's patterned to be a kind of the Asian Carl Denham, for fans of the original "King Kong"- but a little more goofy) He bankrolls an expedition to the far-away island to find the big beast and bring it-whatever it is- back to civilization- alive and ready to exploit!
In the meantime, Godzilla is making his way back to his old "stomping grounds" (yes, using that phrase was intentional) in Japan- sending its people into a panic, as they remember all the destruction Godzilla has previously caused, again and again. At the same time, the TV exec’s island expedition discovers that the mysterious giant beast on the island is none other than King Kong-and, with the help of a mystery substance the island people have used to tranquilize Kong, manage to get him onto a giant raft to ferry him back to Japan. Naturally, things don't go as planned- Kong escapes, and makes his own way to the Asian nation - where the inevitable meeting with the atomic-flame spitting Godzilla pits the two giant menaces against each other- with innocent bystanders in danger as the two heavyweights battle to prove which is the mightiest monster!
This meeting of the horror giants came before "King Kong Escapes", which we've shown earlier this year- and I think that the Kong (costume) in this one is slightly better than the one in the later film. As usual, we'll talk about the cast, including who you might recognize, reveal some of the production details of the film, including how it evolved from possibly being shot as a stop-motion animation feature- with a possibly different monster line-up (and whose idea it originally was)- to become the production you'll be seeing. As always, there's lots of Sven fun- including a favorite bit of many of our viewers that suggests the movie's headliners could team up for some two-man (or monster) road shows- plus a song, and, even a glimpse of our old original coffin!
The big battle begins tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- if you are uncertain of where to see us, check for channel and run time in your area at www.metv.com or your local listings. In Chicago, we'll give viewers another chance to be shocked by Lon Chaney Jr’s “Indestructible Man" on our main local station, CW 26, at 11 am.
The Sven bobblehead is selling VERY briskly- if you are interested in purchasing it, please do so now- the entire huge inventory is already diminishing rapidly! And make sure you hit the Sventa Claus Holiday Shoppe as soon as possible as well- I’m sure you’ve heard the warnings in the news about possible lengthier shipping times as we enter the holiday season.
We hope you will enjoy "King Kong VS Godzilla"- speaking of which, may you enjoy a big turkey or two and have a happy Thanksgiving next week!