Okay- you say you STILL haven’t had enough turkey? Well, we’ve got a real turkey for you tonight on MeTV, though a highly entertaining one! You’ll get a queen-sized helping of a troubled beauty who has an alien encounter- that makes her a big woman in town, ready to knock the stuffing out of anyone who crosses her!! It’s not an attack of indigestion- it’s the “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”!
This 1958 sci-fi favorite opens with a newscast- featuring reports of sightings of a fireball streaking across the sky over various locations! Its current trajectory would bring it directly over the California desert. This proves to be more than accurate, as a woman driving on a desert road not only spots it- but almost runs right into it! Said “fireball” is actually a satellite ( as it’s referred to throughout the film, though it actually looks like a big white weather balloon) that has now touched down to earth. The lady can’t escape, since her car stalls. As she exits the vehicle to try to escape, we see a giant hand reaching for her! She barely escapes on foot, shouting all the while for her husband Harry.
Harry, however, is otherwise occupied- hanging out in a sleazy bar with a young floozy! The couple is deep in discussion about ways to eliminate Harry’s wife. Since she has a penchant for the bottle, the idea of getting a doctor who once got her committed to a sanitarium to do the same thing again seems like the scheme of choice.
Meanwhile, just outside, the local cops run into the aforementioned wife Nancy- who’s in a panic, and relates to them her story of the satellite and a giant alien. The officers, though skeptical, bring Nancy out to the location where she was accosted by the alien- only to find nothing- no alien, no satellite. The police suspect the whole thing is just a delusion that came out of a booze bottle, but Nancy maintains that the alien was real, and seemed to be reaching for the massive diamond she is wearing. The cops warn her of the dangers of flashing a big rock like that around, and consider the case closed.
Nancy returns home, only to find her hubby is actually there (and not at the bar or the hotel where he has his side gal Honey stashed). Nancy’s kindly butler tries to tend to her, but Harry sternly sends him away. After some nasty bickering, tipsy Nancy finally relents because, deep down inside, she still loves Harry. Harry pretends to return her affection, and “lovingly” urges her to sleep it off.
Honey puts a full-court press on Harry to take care of the Nancy problem, since she’s tired of waiting around for him. Even without the internet, word of Nancy’s “delusion” spreads all over town- and before long, the poor woman’s doctor is called in. His examination shows that she is in very fragile condition, both physically and mentally. He provides the butler with medication and the warning to, above all, keep her away from the alcohol. He should have also told him to keep her away from Harry- because she again gets into an argument with her wayward hubby- and, after seeing an insensitive TV report making fun of her, demands that Harry bring her out in the desert- to prove she is telling the truth and to look for the alien!
Unlike her earlier search with the police, this one proves frighteningly successful- and what occurs brings about incredible changes in Nancy- as well as tying in her diamond, radiation, and the giant alien being- leading to some of the most famous scenes from the movie- with 50 foot Nancy in search of- and bellowing for- “Harry”!
The less-than-Speilberg level effects notwithstanding, this is a fun (and funny) movie- with the eye candy of not only Allison Hayes as the gorgeous giant Nancy, but also the sultry homewrecker Honey- Yvette Vickers. We’ll run down the rest of the cast as well- and- we bring back some special content, including a two-part interview with the men who voiced “Pinky and The Brain” and scores of other characters- the great Rob Paulsen and Maurice LeMarche! And- at the door near the end of the show- get another look at the visit from famed late night and SNL character, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, brought to us by Robert Smigel!
“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” begins on MeTV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- if you’re unsure of the time and channel in your area, please check your local listings or at www.metv.com . Lots of our viewers continue to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie - and getting us trending nationally! Chicago area viewers should note that, as we’ve mentioned, due to high school sports on the U, our show will NOT air at 11 am this morning- there will be a special run of “Creature from the Black Lagoon” SUNDAY December 1st at 5 pm on the U ! We’ll be back at our usual time in Chicago next weekend- and, of course, our time on MeTV remains the same!
If you’re looking for Sven merchandise as gifts, now is the time to visit the MeTV store at www.metv.com -it’s our annual sale, with 20% off everything, including, of course, the Sven stuff! Just make sure to use the promo code METVHOLIDAY on checkout. Order now- the sale ends Tuesday December 3rd!
Sventa Claus returns next weekend in two appearances- Friday night at the Comic collector in Riverside, Il.- and Saturday afternoon at the Mystic Market at St. John’s in Lyons, Il. Look for the full information under the “appearances” tab on our site!
Tonight- you may think YOU’VE gotten bigger after your Thanksgiving turkey- but this chick has you beat!