A small town runs into big problems when teenagers hit a growth spurt and turn into gallivanting Goliaths leading an anti-elder rebellion and terrifying anyone under seven feet tall. Featuring Hollywood teen stars Tommy Kirk, Johnny Crawford, Ronny Howard and Beau Bridges, this "fantastic and amusing tale" (Boxoffice) with "stand-out special effects" (Variety) 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 see 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 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
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The Amazon Product Details say “Letterboxed,” but they don’t make these things up — this was written on the basis of the advance from MGM before the DVD came out. (“Letterbox” is a holdover term from laserdiscs.) It no doubt reflects MGM’s original intent to release it in widescreen, but then they changed their mind. That’s typical of the early days of DVD, when studios had vehement in-house arguments about viewing formats. The fear was that former VHS viewers would be reluctant to convert to the new format if they felt they were missing part of the picture. Obviously, they were already missing part of the picture and didn’t know it. The widescreen version actually gives you the entire picture as seen in theaters.
This problem was addressed in myriad ways: Many studios released two different versions of DVD, one “Widescreen” and another “Full Screen” — which inaccurately sounds like it provides more, when in fact it provides less. Early customer confusion resulted in many discs of one format being returned to the store and exchanged for the other. Other studios released two-sided discs, with Full Screen on one side and Widescreen on the other. But when it came to a low-budget DVD (look Ma, no extras), especially of a low-budget film, the tendency was to choose one or the other. Unfortunately for VOTG, “Full Screen” prevailed.
Thankfully, those frontier days are over, and the now widely-held standard is for DVD and Blu-Ray motion pictures to be released in the original theatrical ratio.
It’s time for MGM to re-issue VOTG in 1.85:1, along with the trailer, a tribute to Bert I. Gordon, and a nice “Where Are They Now?” feature about the cast.
In the meantime, you can see the original widescreen version on Netflix Streaming, although it is not as sharp as the full screen DVD. If you still don’t believe the widescreen shows you more (no, it is not cropped down), then see Angelfire.com’s VOTG page where they show an actual screen capture side-by-side of MGM’s full screen DVD and Netflix’s widescreen version.
— Hank Zangara
I like Bert I. Gordon's (Mr. Big) movies. Mainly the movies he is famous for with oversized people, animal's and insects...and in one case, shrunken people.....I did not like this one.
I'm not quite sure what Gordon was trying to do in this movie. It's not really a serious movie. Yet there isn't a whole lot of comedy either. It's more like a farce. It was filmed during a time period in the 60's when teen movies were popular. You don't see very many people in this movie that are older. Pretty much everyone is 20ish and younger. A notable exception is Stanley Kubrick favorite, Joe Turkel, playing the Sheriff.
The first part of the movie seems almost like a Disney movie. You have a young kid (Ron Howard) named 'Genius' who develops a goo that when eaten makes a person or animal much larger. From here, all logic disappears. First the pet dog eats the formula. Then two giant ducks show up in a dance hall and start dancing (no I'm not making this up). They wouldn't even fit through the door if they could open it. Nobody seems to think that it is at all that big of a deal. In the next scene they are cooking the ducks on a spit for an outside bbq. Sure, let's not make a report, let's just eat rare animals.
Next...a group of teens steal the formula and eat it. There brilliant plan is to take over the town so that they don't have to listen to those oppressive grown ups. They then kidnap a kid to keep everyone under control...as if they needed to do this. Well...don't worry it's Genius to the rescue.
Considering what Gordon made before this movie(for example, The Amazing Colossal Man) and what came later (Food of the Gods was a pretty good one), this was a weak effort. It suffers from a terrible script.
Recommended only for Bert Gordon fans and fans of crazy teen age movies from the 60's.
The film is basically a Beach Party movie meets one of those Giant Monster flicks of the 1950s as teens who listen to horrendously dated Rock and Roll music decide to become giants via a serum concocted by boy genius Ron Howard who is appropiately named "Genius".
The Giants are led by Beau Bridges, a rebel with abosolutely no cause who leads a rebellion against the adults in a small town in the lamest way by collecting all of there guns and demanding buckets of fried chicken to satisfy there hunger! Youthful rebel Tommy Kirk dosen't like the new order and plans to overtake it in a biblical way by bringing a sling(!) and taking on the Giant leader.
This film is one of those kind of movies you really must see to believe. Despite being about teenage rebellion, the film is depicted in a completely harmless and humorous way. Much more could have been utilized in the way of humor and the youths relationship to society but unfortunately this is stepped over. The film is entertaining but has an odd pace and curiously does not focus on the growth serum enough allowing only a few other giants to be included including a giant cat, dog, two ducks and even a creepy spider who gets electrocuted by a quick thinking Kirk....you won't hear that phrase again, folks!
The effects are mediocre and typical of other films by Bert I. Gordon(Mr. B.I.G.) and add to the comical content of the picture. I doubt many seeing this film was expecting anything in the state of the art so it's not a gigantic debit.
There's a huge amount of sexuality that is present within the picture including a surreal opening scene where all the kids cavort and go wild in a rainstorm dancing about in the mud and feeling each other up. All the girls are typically babes of the period and are usually depicted in tight clothing and bikinis and of course much is made of the giant babe's predicament once they outgrow they're clothing. Really got a kick myself out of seeing that one blonde babe's shirt pop open button by button as she becomes Kong sized. Oh yeah!
Happily, it's all in good fun and never comes off as offensive.
Much more could have been made of this film but for what it is, this comes off as a very entertaining piece of mindrot for the psychotronic film fanatic. So grab some friends, some junk food and some alcohol and/or illegal substances and enjoy this classic.
No liner notes or anything.
But overall, liked the movie.
And the quality is not bad either.
Could've been better.
But for the price, I'm not complaining.
The premise is simple enough. A young boy played by Ron Howard named Genius invents some substance that he names "Goo" . They don't realize it yet but soon enough after a cat accidently eats the stuff and then grows to the size of an elephant, they realize that this stuff makes anything that ingests it grow to huge proportions. They instantly see dollar signs before their eyes hoping to better man kind with such an invention. A few bullies though have some other ideas and steal the substance and all grow into huge 50 foot giants/giantesses and start to take over the town. Its up to Genius and Tommy Kirk to bring these titans back down to size.
Its full of many jokes that just aren't meant to be funny but come off as hysterical. It has a lot of bad effects. (Like two wooden legs in the middle of the street that are supposed to be one of the giants own legs. Cheap motorcycles that fall apart after they try to tie up one of the legs of the giant, giant animals that can't seem to move from the spot they are in due to the way they did the effect. Also the fact that they seem to be trapped inside a huge stage for most of the movie . How they ever got in though without breaking anything is beyond me. ) and not to mention the really bad acting (Talking really slow to make it seem like they are giants and the corny diologue througout). Then the best is the music. Its just so out there it really makes this movie perfect.
This was supposed to be one of those Teen explotation movies of the 60s and it pulls it off well. We have the teens not wanting to listen to the adults anymore because of their size and such things as playing with sex (one fo the giantesses gives a small boy a dance hugging him to her breasts) and ordering the cops around. It really is an interseting movie for what it is and the hidden messages in it. Really a fun movie though overall. You will laugh at the diolage and special effects but I think thats part of the charm of this movie. Not every movie has to be serious and ILM effects. This was just a fun , carefree, fantasy type of situation movie. It holds no punches and doesn't even take itself seriously so we the viewer of it shoudln't either. Defintely fun and a good movie to watch with friends just for the laughs .