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 set right what went wrong
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."
- 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 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.
- 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: Averted for Fanservice.
- However, the curtains the giants end up wearing do eventually shrink.
- Male Gaze: There are a lot of shots of jiggling butts and breasts, giant or otherwise.
- And a duck's fanny, in case your tastes run in that direction.
- Marshmallow Hell: Horsey is held to the chest of one of the more bosomy giants. He seems more worried about being dropped, though.
- Nonindicative Name: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Whatever happened to the giant cat? Or for that matter, the giant spider corpse which should have still been in the basement.
- It's implied 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.