Tonight on MeTV- we bring back an other-worldly fable, based (loosely) on a Jules Verne novel- where two rivals preparing for a pistol duel find themselves inexplicably whisked away to an unknown ( at first) world populated by cave people and prehistoric beasts! The enemies must co-exist and work together if they are to survive in the “Valley of the Dragons”!
The year is 1881, the place is the outskirts of Algiers, and the combatants are Hector , a Frenchman, and Irish-American Michael. The source of conflict is, predictably, a woman- and they are ready to fire at each other when a super-powerful wind hits, caused by a comet sweeping dangerously close to the earth- its gravitational pull carrying away the two men before a single shot is fired!
They revive to find themselves in a jungle, not the least bit like the terrain of Algiers. The two declare a truce, just long enough until they can return to the city- but there is no city in sight! What could have happened? Did a natural disaster wipe out civilization? Has the earth shifted in its axis? They soon receive a shocking answer-when they see a familiar sight above them in the night sky! But then- where exactly ARE they?
They hit on the theory that the comet has actually torn off a chunk of the earth, and deposited it in space ( actually , on the moon, but they never clearly state that in the movie). They find the area is overrun by the “dragons” of the title, which are actually dinosaurs ( of a distinct cinematic variety- not stop-motion models, but lizards shot close up with a few fins attached in some cases) ! Taking their lead from other astral phenomenon, they presume the comet is in an orbit that makes occasional passes at the earth, and on a very early previous visit, had torn off part of the prehistoric world –which has been sustained here !
There are more dangers than just giant reptiles- they soon encounter some savage Neanderthals ( never mind the idea that dinosaurs and cavemen were not, alas, like the Flintstones, and existing at the same time). Hector and Michael escape them, and, letting their bygones be bygones, struggle together only to end up separated. Each discovers a different tribe of cave dwellers, with an injured Hector actually the one discovered by- stay with me now- an incredibly hot blonde cave woman! She brings him into the fold of her tribe, jealously guarding him from the other cave ladies. On the other hand, Michael goes to the aid of an older caveman from a different tribe, and becomes a part of that group- which just so happens to include a pretty brunette cave woman who takes a shine to him!
To add to the dangers of Neanderthals ,warring cave tribes, and dinosaurs, the whole she-bang is endangered by the eruption of a nearby volcano- driving giant lizards displaced by the natural disaster right to the cave dwellers. Will Hector and Michael find a way to keep themselves and their new tribes safe- and help this new world survive ?
The Jules Verne story that this 1961 epic is based on did NOT include dinosaurs or cave folks! Please note- we have actually done some editing to lessen the cruelty of the early film-makers who actually had lizards in real deadly battle with each other ( mostly in stock footage from the 1940s version of “One Million B.C.”). Cesare Danova and Sean McClory are the two earthmen who end up in space, and, the blonde cave cutie is none other than beautiful Joan Staley – Don Knotts’ girlfriend in “Ghost and Mr. Chicken”- who sadly passed away earlier this week. We’ll go over the cast list, explain where some of the stock footage came from ( including some famous stars included in the footage), and provide the usual Sven fun. Plus, we bring back an encore of the visit from our friend, actor/wrestler/ MMA fighter/ comic book author and currently panelist on the Fox “WWE Backstage” show- C. M. Punk- Phil Brooks!
"Valley of the Dragons" airs tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, if you are not sure where and when to find the show in your area, please go to your local listings, or to www.metv.com .Those Sven fans on Twitter are live-Tweeting during the show and keeping us trending nationally every week. MeTV invites you to join them and do the same, using the hashtag #svengoolie . In the Chicago area, viewers get to enjoy one more look at “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” this morning at 11 am on “The U”.
If you’re in the area, you can meet Sventa Claus today at what may well be his last appearance of the 2019 season- at the Christmas Mystic Market- held at St. John’s UCC in Lyons, Il. I’ll be at this fundraiser for the Scared Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue this afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. Look for more information under the “appearances” tab here on our site.
Join us tonight for prehistoric perils, curvy cavewomen, nasty Neanderthals, volcanic violence, and large lethal lizards on MeTV !