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Village of the Giants

    Village of the Giants is a 1965 American teen exploitation loosely based on H. G. Wells’s 1904 book The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, and with elements of the beach party film genre. The cast includes teen stars of 1965, Tommy Kirk (The Shaggy Dog), Johnny Crawford (TV’s The Rifleman), Ron Howard (TV’s Happy Days) and Beau Bridges (The Landlord). The movies rounded up musical guest appearances by The Beau Brummels, Freddy Cannon, Mike Clifford, and the theme song by Jack Nitzsche. The latest brand-new 4K restoration by StudioCanal should be a hit with collectors.

    A small town runs into big problems when teenagers hit a growth spurt, turn into gallivanting Goliaths, lead an anti-elder rebellion and terrify anyone under seven feet tall!

    Featuring Hollywood teen stars Tommy Kirk (The Shaggy Dog), Johnny Crawford (TV’s The Rifleman), Ron Howard (TV’s Happy Days) and Beau Bridges (The Landlord), this fantastic, effects-laden tale delivers gargantuan, sexy entertainment loaded with rock ‘n’ roll.

    Eleven-year-old Genius (Howard) mixes up some super-goo with his chemistry set, turning cats and ducks into giants. When a group of wild teenagers sees the results, they gobble it up too and turn into towering tyrants, challenging adults and making mayhem while the world desperately searches for an anti-teen antidote.

    The Beau Brummels play Woman (as produced by Sly Stone!) when two big ducks enter the club, Mike (Tommy Kirk) claiming credit, out-of-town kids (Joy Harmon, Beau Bridges, Tisha Sterling, Tim Rooney et al) duly impressed, in Village Of The Giants, 1965.

    The addition of two ducks to accompany the song is a tad on the ridiculousness of the segment and definitely takes away from the seriousness of the group’s legacy.

    It’s the teen scene you’ve never seen—from cult legend Bert I. Gordon, the director of The Cyclops, The Amazing Colossal Man, Attack of the Puppet People, The Magic Sword and Picture Mommy Dead. The stellar cast includes Joe Turkel (The Shining), Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke), Tisha Sterling (Coogan’s Bluff) and Toni Basil (Easy Rider).

    The film’s instrumental theme song, by composer and arranger Jack Nitzsche, was originally released as “The Last Race” on Reprise Records, months before the movie appeared, and which would later be used as the main title music for Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s portion of the film Grindhouse, in 2007.

    Tony M.