Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be excited about his upcoming showcase of a cult classic sci-fi/fantasy/comedy feature from one of cinema’s cult sci-fi film directors.
Original 1965 Embassy Pictures theatrical trailer for “Village of the Giants.”
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago based-sci-fi film host will present his big coast-to-coast broadcast premiere of “Village of the Giants” (1965), this Sat., Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“Village of the Giants’ (1965) was directed by cult sci-fi film director Bert I. Gordon. Gordon also directed “King Dinosaur” (1955), “Beginning of the End” (1957), “The Amazing Colossal Man” (1957), “Attack of the Puppet People” (1958), “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958, the sequel to “The Amazing Colossal Man”), “The Magic Sword” (1962) and “Empire of the Ants” (1977). Gordon’s “Village of the Giants” (1965) was loosely adapted from H.G. Wells’ novel, “The Food of the Gods” (according to Jeff Stafford’s article on Gordon’s 1965 feature for Turner Classic Movies).
The adaptation was written by Gordon and Alan Caillou. Nine years after “Village of the Giants,” Gordon directed a true adaptation of Wells’ “The Food of the Gods” (1976, for American-International Pictures). “Village of the Giants” was released theatrically by film distributor Joseph E. Levine and his independent/art-house distribution firm, Embassy Pictures in 1965 (according to IMDB).
Who was in “Village of the Giants” (1965)?
The players who appeared in Gordon’s 1965 fantasy feature were Ron Howard/Ronny Howard (as Genius), Tommy Kirk (as Mike), Joy Harmon (as Merrie), Beau Bridges (as Fred), Toni Basil (as Red), Johnny Crawford (as Horsey), Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon (as himself), The Beau Brummels (as themselves), Rance Howard (as a deputy, he was Ron’s real-life father), Charla Doherty (as Nancy), Robert “Bob” Random (as Rick), Tisha Sterling (as Jean), Tim Rooney (as Pete) Gail Gilmore (as Elsa), Joe Turkel (as a sheriff), Hank Jones (as Chuck) and feline film star Orangey (of 1951’s “Rhubarb” and 1955’s “This Island Earth” fame in an uncredited role as a giant cat).