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Village of the Giants (Full Screen) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Delinquent teen-agers ingest a substance and grow thirty feet tall, then proceed to take over a small town.
The moment Village of the Giants opens, with sensual shots of slow-motion frugging, we know we've happened upon some Bad Teens. In search of kicks, the Bad Teens head into the village of Hainesville, populated by Good Teens, most of whom seem to be in their early 30s. The fun begins when a lovable tyke named Genius (an 11-year-old Ron Howard, by far the most assured actor in the cast) whips up some "goo," which makes anything that eats it grow really big and develop a rakish disregard for scale. Soon these wild Bad Teens, led by a deeply embarrassed Beau Bridges and wearing their rebellious cardigans and Sansabelt pants, get their hands on the stuff. They take over the town and celebrate with some giant slow-motion dancing, complete with lots and lots of footage of giant slow-motion cleavage to make sure we've taken in the full horror of the situation. There is not one disappointing moment in this entire movie: Just when you think it can't possibly get any more ludicrous, it comes through and surprises you with a giant spider in the basement or a plan to distract the teens with yet more sexy dancing. Absolutely not to be missed. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Good teenager Tommy Kirk, recently outed and evidently taking any role, no matter how feeble, is the putative star, trying to stop a group of evil teenagers from running rampant in his small fifties town. His job is made harder when they ingest something called "goo" that makes them grow to giant size.
Now comes the part of the movie that everyone fast-forwards to: the evil teens are naked at first and then they wear makeshift togas, the boys displaying beautiful, athletic bodies, as they dance in slow motion in the town square. The female teenagers are all but ignored as director Bert I. Gordon (who had a keen eye for beefcake) lingers on the gorgeous Beau Bridges and Tim Rooney (Mickey's son), who is not quite as gorgeous but makes you wish he had appeared in more movies (or at least a centerfold or two).
The boy on the giant breast that everyone keeps mentioning is teen idol Johnny Crawford, recently graduated from "The Rifleman" and soon to display a magnificent physique of his own in "The Naked Ape"; but he's not dancing or being hugged, he's attempting to destroy the giants by catapulting at them with the antidote to the "goo."
The writers should have created a more logical, suspenseful plotline, or else they should have eliminated all pretense at a story and just had Beau Bridges, Tim Rooney, Johnny Crawford, and Tommy Kirk pose in swimsuits for 90 minutes. But it's worthwhile reminding ourselves that directors were making movies for guys long before "Risky Business."
Okay, you're thinking - who cares? As 60's fun, "Village" has less entertainment than say "Ghost in the Invisible Bikini" but doesn't go out for easy laughs. Most of the time you'll be watching the screen thinking "no way!Read more ›
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If you like bad movies with cheap effects and a poorly written script and plus,like to see what Ron Howard did after The Andy Griffith Show(as well as Beau Bridges;among... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Candy Mcclellan
I first saw this great campy film 20 years ago on TV and its got a great mixture of INTENTIONAL camp, the beginnings of a pre-hippy teen rebelliousness (1965), and some great music... Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002 by Adam Bernstein
This was, at the time of its release, no less than the crowning achievement of man. So it should not dim the glory of Village of the Giants one bit that a mere 4 years later,... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by Andrew R. Oerman
Okay, okay, I know some people might be in disbelief that I actually gave this flick 5 stars, but -- despite its godawfulness -- there's just something mesmerizing about it! Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by Dirk
As much as I love this movie, I had basically written off buying this disc based on the variety of (conflicting) complaints in other reviews here about the quality of the transfer... Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Surfink
Boy o boy what a major disappointment! ....I liked Village of the Giants as a kid and I never had a chance to see it in the theater, so when I saw it was available on DVD - you... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002
A 3:30 movie staple (during the 1970s) finally arrives in DVD! A terrible movie, but fascinating in a car-wreck kind of way. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by Echo
I couldn't figure out why this movie is so oddly compelling (aside from the fact that it was an afternoon movie staple during the 1970's). Then it hit me... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by Echo
There's a reason this appears on almost every compilation of the all time worst movies....
An unintentional classic, on par with Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Read more
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