On the anniversary eve of the date that I first appeared on TV 40 years ago as the Svengoolie character, we’re celebrating early with a film many consider a creepy camp classic - that we’ve never shown before- featuring a troubled beauty who expands her horizons- and her size- after an alien encounter! Get back, Jack- it’s the “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”!
This 1958 sci-fi favorite begins with a newscast report of people sighting a fireball in the sky over various locales- with its trajectory bringing it above the California desert. Above it? A woman driving on a desert road almost runs right into the “fireball”- which is constantly referred to as a “satellite” throughout this film, while it actually looks like a big white weather balloon. The lady’s car stalls, and as she exits the vehicle in fear, a giant hand reaches for her! She escapes on foot, shouting for her husband Harry- who just so happens to be hanging out in a sleazy bar with an even sleazier young strumpet! The couple discusses ways to get rid of Harry’s wife, who has a penchant for the bottle- like getting her doctor to commit her to a sanitarium, as he did once in the past.
Outside, the local cops run into the panicking wife Nancy- and skeptically listen to her story of the satellite and a giant alien. The officers bring Nancy out to the location she fled from- but- no sign of anything alien, and they think it’s just a delusion that came out of a booze bottle. Nancy maintains that the alien seemed to be reaching for the massive diamond she is wearing- and the cops warn her about flashing a big rock like that around.
Nancy returns home, and amazingly her hubby is there (and not at the bar or the hotel where he has his side gal Honey stashed). While the kindly butler tries to tend to the Mrs., Harry sends him away- and the couple bickers , with tipsy Nancy finally relenting because, deep down inside, she still loves Harry.
While Honey is putting pressure on Harry because she’s tired of waiting around for him- and word of Nancy’s “delusion” spreads all over town- the poor woman’s doctor is called in- and feels she’s in very fragile condition, providing the butler with medication and the warning to keep her away from alcohol. She again gets into it with her wayward hubby- and , after becoming upset by a TV report making fun of her, demands that Harry bring her out in the desert to look for the alien!
What they find out there- and how it brings about incredible changes in Nancy- ties in with her diamond, radiation, and the giant alien being- leading to some of the most famous scenes from the movie- with 40 foot Nancy in search of- and bellowing for- “Harry”!
The mostly slapdash effects notwithstanding, this is a fun movie- with the eye candy of not just gargantuan gal Nancy, Allison Hayes, but also sultry vixen Yvette Vickers. It’s definitely a movie you can enjoy, and we can have fun with!
Also- there’s 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- don’t miss seeing who’s at the door near the end of the show- a special guest with ties to SNL, Conan, and more!
“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 you’re welcome to join in the fun ! Chicago area viewers should park it in front of their sets at 11 am this morning, when “The Car” makes a victory lap on WCIU, the U!
Okay- in honor of my 40 year anniversary, we’re kicking off the celebration with a special sale in our store! You can get 15% off by using the code SVEN40 ! Check out the Sven and new Universal monster t shirts, and more! The sale will go from today through next week Sunday. Watch for the information during the show- and get a deal on some great Sven stuff to celebrate 40 years of dodging rubber chickens! And- there’s more merchandise coming in the future! AND- That STILL isn’t the big news that I’ve been promising! Just keep checking back here!
As part of our celebration- stay up late as I visit with Dave Plier on WGN radio (720 AM) early this morning- after 3 am central time- to talk about the past 40 years. They will post the interview as a podcast around 6 am Sunday if you need to pass on the live broadcast to get your beauty sleep! WGN can be heard across most of the country, so, if you’re awake- listen in!
Tonight- join in the big celebration with a BIGGER female fright on MeTV!