Tonight on MeTV- we’ve brought back a sort of “beach party” movie- minus the beach- featuring some MeTV actors, a favorite singer pal of ours, some colossal cuties and super-sized studs- in a crazy sci fi dramedy from the mind of Bert I. Gordon, king of oversized menace movies! It all begins when a familiar–looking boy genius cooks up a formula that causes BIG trouble in what becomes the “Village of the Giants”!
We meet a group of alleged teens ( some seem a little older than adolescent) whose car breaks down on the outskirts of a quiet California town- and, after an impromptu dance in a mud pit, decide to go dirty up the local burg- in more ways than one! At home in the town , local gal Nancy is flirting with her boyfriend Mike, while her younger brother- nicknamed “Genius” for reasons about to become evident- is deep in his scientific experiments. His latest creation just so happens to explode, producing some pink foam that- when ingested by some ducks and his dog- makes them grow to titanic size!
Meanwhile, the semi-juvenile delinquents we saw earlier have broken into a deserted theatre to clean up, then head to a local dance club (where ‘60s sensations the Beau Brummels happen to be playing)! Nancy and Mike are there as well, and have a run-in with these visitors –when the giant ducks created by Genius’ “Goo” show up to astound the teen crowd! The newly- arrived troublemaker teens get wind of the fact that Mike knows how the birds got so big- and form their own “get rich quick” scheme; they’ll find some way to nab the formula, then sell it for big bucks! A random meeting with Genius by one of the female schemers helps them discover where the growth “Goo” is- and they set out to steal it!
Once they pull off their heist, and reconvene back at their theatre lair- a power struggle ensues, resulting in a dare contest- with everybody challenged to prove how fearless they are by eating a piece of the purloined pink stuff. Brave or fool-hearty, the delinquents each sample some of it- and the results are startling! They grow into giants- out-growing their clothing ( not that we’re complaining about that happening to a few of them)- and realize that with great size- comes great power that they plan to exercise!
The towering teens take control the town- cutting off any contact with the outside world. They take a hostage that keep the Sheriff at bay, and force the rest of the populace to do their bidding. Seeing the town’s adult population brought to their knees by the giants, Mike decides the only ones who can end their dictatorial take-over are he and his pals. Will the decent kids be able to save the town- and will Genius be able to use his intellect to bring the bad boys (and girls) down to size?
This 1965 movie was most certainly aimed at the teen audiences that were enjoying that era’s “Frankie and Annette”-type films- and followed their formula of handsome guys, pretty girls, and the combination of goofy comedy and some rock and roll – with a dosage of science fiction tossed in! Among the musical acts, you’ll see our friend Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon! As for the cast, we’ll fill you in on the familiar faces- including Ron Howard as “Genius”, Tommy Kirk as Mike, Beau Bridges as bad boss boy Fred, Johnny Crawford as good guy Horsey ( maybe a nod to his work in “The Rifleman”?), and 1982 hit maker Toni ”Oh Mickey” Basil as the dynamic dancing machine Red- as well as the luscious Tisha Sterling. Since Freddy Cannon is along for the ride- we’ll encore his fun live performance from this past Halloween season, with me joining him on stage! And, just in case this movie isn’t quite your cup of goo, we’ve added in just a little Svensurround throughout the movie.
"Village of the Giants" appears, bigger than life, on MeTV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central – if you’re not sure where and when to find us in your area, just check your local listings or at www.metv.com . Once again- MeTV invites you to live-tweet along with the hordes of fans on Twitter during the show- make sure you finish up your Tweet with the hashtag #svengoolie . Chicago area viewers can get wrapped up one more time by the “Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” at 11 am on WCIU, the U !
Another Sven anniversary shirt is less than two weeks away! Be watching for it in our store. Also, make plans to see me at the Flashback Weekend horror convention on August 2nd and 3rd- there will be a special celebration of my anniversary Friday evening, a limited schedule of professionally- shot photo ops with me both Friday and Saturday, and my usual Saturday signing and hosting the costume contest. There will also be a special reception Saturday night at the Murray Brothers “Caddyshack” restaurant for VIP ticket holders only! Find more info under the “appearances” tab here on our website.
Join us tonight for some BIG time fun that’ll put the “goo” in “good times” on MeTV !