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Village Of The Giants (1965)
(host segments continued from The Omen)
Right now, we’re moving from the subtle special effects of “The Omen,” to the overwhelmingly goofy special effects of “Village Of The Giants.” Now, I don’t know exactly how to describe this movie, except, it’s by this '60s exploitation producer Bert I. Gordon, and Bert had his own ideas about how to make movies. Bert lived out where the bus don’t stop no more, you know? Bert read the novel “Food Of The Gods” by H.G. Wells and he thought, “Well, this is a pretty good story, but it would be lots better if we had giant dancing ducks and evil drug-crazed teenagers who become thirty-feet tall and take over a town, and maybe a bunch of lame rock & roll tunes in there too.”
So anyway, it’s a minor cult classic from 1965, we’re gonna have some fun with it as we go along.
But let me give you those drive-in totals. We have:
No dead bodies
Multiple go-go dancing
1 mud-bog orgy
Giant dancing duck
A giant roast duck barbecue
1 fist fight
Giant juvenile delinquents
Gratuitous Ron Howard, back when he was little Ronny Howard
Embarrassed Beau Bridges
Smoke bomb fu
2 stars. Check it out. You’re not gonna believe this movie. I won’t even mention the guy who’s dangled helplessly above a giant bikini bra, in danger of being crushed to death in there at any moment. Terrifying!!
And kind of every man’s dream. Roll it.
They do “The Jerk” in this movie, they do “The Swim,” they do “The Frug.” Those wacky teens.
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Trivia (Courtesy of the Internet Movie Database)
* In one scene one of the giants reads an issue of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" with another Bert I. Gordon film, War of the Collosal Beast (1958), on the cover.
* Exteriors were shot on the same lot as the TV series Bewitched (1964) and I Dream of Jeannie (1965)
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Host segment transcript of 1997 broadcast
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Original “tnt.turner.com/monstervision” archives have been erased. Mis-spellings in above restored transcription can be blamed on Bill Laidlaw