Episode 523: Village of the Giants
First aired: Comedy Central on 22 January 1994
Availability: MST3KVideos.com Fan Copy
|Not exactly how H. G. Wells imagined it.
Well, throw in the kid from The Music Man -- you may have seen him in other stuff -- and you have ... a really bad movie.
Maybe it's the source material. This film claims to be inspired by H. G. Wells' The Food of the Gods but I think they just made that up. In The Food of the Gods, a scientist develops a growth formula and creates giant chickens. In Village of the Giants, it's a bunch of ducks that grow large. Totally different plot.
More proof? In The Food of the Gods, the stuff gets away from the scientist and other stuff starts growing. It's also given to some children, and they grow large. In Village of the Giants, the stuff gets away, and other stuff starts growing, and some teen ingest the stuff and grow large. Plus, and Beau Bridges is involved! Totally different.
Funny thing, though. Bert I. Gordon, who made this film, did a straight version of The Food of the Gods in 1976. This one was actually a little closer to the plot than the '76 version, in some respects. Which doesn't say how good this movie is, it says how bad the other movie is.
|Frank gets fired. But, he gets a going-away dinner.
|Dr. Forrester interviews Torgo as Frank's replacement.
|Tom Servo: "Mom?"
Despite it being a bad movie, it does have a couple of things going for it: giant boobies. Lots and lots of giant boobies. Acres and acres of giant boobies.
|This movie has giant boobies!
|Lots of giant boobies!
|Chuck Connor's kid hangs from the bosom of a 25-year-old teen.
It's a watchable film, but not quite as fun as other films by The Notorious B.I.G.
His '50s movies were better.
Still, this isn't nearly as bad as lots of other MST3K movies. Just not quite as much fun as Bert I. Gordon's other films.
The Host Segments are fun. Dr. Forrester fires Frank -- actually, he assigned Frank to fire Frank -- as part of cutbacks. Then he goes out and starts interviewing replacements. Dr. Forrester hires Torgo -- now known as TV's Torgo -- to take the job.
Mike sings The Greatest Frank of Them All because he'll miss Frank. Of course, at the end of the episode, they change the meaning by dedicating the episode to the recently-deceased Frank Zappa.