Film / Village of the Giants

This 1965 Bert I. Gordon picture has young "Genius" (Ron Howard) tinkering with substances in his lab, creating a "goo" that causes whatever ingests it to grow to tremendous size. Unfortunately, some ne'er-do-wells blow in from out of town, and steal the goo and eat it, becoming the eponymous Giants. Now it's up to several teens as well as Genius to stop them.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode see here.

Village of the Giants contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Directly invoked in the movie as some of the giants aren't happy with their new size.
  • Cartoon Bug-Sprayer: Nancy tries to fight off the Giant Spider with a flit gun, much to Mike's dismay.
  • Child Prodigy: Conveniently named "Genius."
  • Coconut Superpowers: The filmmakers' had very little ability to show the giant animals and people interacting with regular-sized people. As a result, the giant teens almost solely threaten people with their size. When their leader finally fights Mike (who's armed with a sling), he forgoes attacking him directly for the absurdly complicated and ineffective method of throwing fence posts like darts, just so the two don't have to be on the same screen.
  • Curtain Clothing: After the giants outgrow their clothes, they make new ones out of the theater's curtains.
  • David Vs Goliath: Directly invoked. Mike even attacks Fred with a slingshot.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The leader of the gang is mostly peer pressured into stepping up with threats and looked visibly upset when others took hostages.
  • Even the Dog Is Ashamed: As Mike and his girlfriend make out.
  • Fanservice: The first five minutes or so of the movie qualifies, as do the transformation scene and the film's many dance scenes.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Seemingly subverted. The teens are sure they can conquer the town and maybe more, but don't assume they're immune to gunfire. Instead they take a hostage and demand the town disarm and cut off all outside communication, which the town immediately comply to.
  • Giant Spider: Mike and his girlfriend lock up the Goo, then practically turn around to find a huge growling tarantula behind them. They dispatch it by flooding the floor and breaking a light bulb and tossing it into the water, zapping the spider.
  • Giant Woman: Much attention is given to the female giants, particularly Merrie.
  • I Have Your Daughter: The giants take the Sheriff's daughter to keep him on line. The others try to counteract by taking Fred hostage, but then Nancy is also taken.
  • Karma Houdini: After Genius' gas reduces the giants to normal size, they flee the town, but are never arrested for their numerous crimes, including assault, kidnapping, threats, and theft.
  • Magic Pants: Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing for when the teens become giants, but when they shrink again the giant clothes they make shrink with them.
  • Male Gaze: There are a lot of shots of jiggling butts and breasts, giant or otherwise.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Horsey is held to the chest of one of the more bosomy giants. He seems more worried about being dropped, though.
  • Never Trust a Title: The eponymous giants come from out of town (although they do stage a takeover for the last few acts).
  • Popping Buttons: Merrie's sweater after she eats the Goo and starts growing.
  • Product Placement: Shamelessly for another Bert I. Gordon film. Giant Harry reads a copy of Fabulous Monsters of Filmland with War of the Colossal Beast on the cover.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Genius creates the goo in a Freak Lab Accident. Both Mike and the delinquents see the obvious value to such a thing, but when the latter steal the original batch, they simply use it on themselves. Genius spends the entire movie trying to replicate the formula, and still hasn't managed to by the end.
  • The Schlub Pub Seduction Deduction: Performed in an attempt to get the formula for the "Goo." It fails epically. For some reason, it works a lot better when one of the other delinquent girls talks to Genius.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: When the teens grow, their clothes are torn to shreds, leaving them naked. Also intended for cheap fanservice as the camera lingers on the ladies tops getting torn off. Inexplicably, Magic Pants is in effect when they shrink back down.
  • Shirtless Scene: The men of the gang go either completely topless or with barely-covering togas after they become giants.
  • Skewed Priorities: After crashing their car on a muddy road, what's the first thing Fred and his gang do? Dance!
  • Teenage Wasteland: The giant teens attempt to take over the town, confiscating all weapons and forcing a curfew on adults.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The delinquents are only a nuisance at first, but then they eat the goo and become a serious threat.
  • Totally Radical: "Dig that nitty-gritty!"
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The teenagers at the club are only mildly surprised when giant ducks enter the building. And when the giant teenagers appear, the crowd do little more than stare.
  • We Need a Distraction: Red volunteers to distract the giants with a dance, while the others rescue the hostages.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • It's not explained what happened to the giant cat and corpse of the giant spider. We're just left to assume Genius took care of them.
    • One of the supposed bad kids disappears from the movie completely right before the rest of them eat the goo and become giants. She's easy to spot because she's the only brunette female. It is never explained what happened to her and she only is glimpsed briefly in the very last scene.