Years and years ago, I saw part of Bert I Gordon’s Village of the Giants on cable, and it just stuck in my head. As I attempted to see the whole thing going into my teen years, I couldn’t catch a break…and then during a MST3K top 10 countdown on Comedy Central, Experiment 523 gave me the closest shot to what I had been craving (even if it felt like the guys were “coasting” through it). A few years after, a new video store in the neighborhood had a full copy for rent, and as I got into my college years, I began to realize how much information I had collected on the film (think like Robert Graysmith and his obsession with The Zodiac Killer!).
That led me to create The Unofficial Fanpage of Village of the Giants in (around?) 2004, though this year, a dream that was 18 years in the making finally came true, and I obtained the coveted: http://villageofthegiants.com web address!
Wow, what a find on the lost Mike Clifford song, I thought Marianne paled in comparison to what the Brummels and Cannon served up, and didn’t think much of him, but hearing it on its own, and it’s pretty good.
And Nothing Can Stand in My Way is an ear-grabber, very much a 60s tune, with a kind of Petula Clark, “Downtown” vibe to it - love the brass and big drumbeat.
thumbs waaay up for that.
You know, if I ever did a fanpage for a MSTed movie, I think I’d do Carnival Magic, that movie just fascinated me - I started a thread here when I bought the BD and shared some info on the extras. And have read whatever I could find on the flick.
I could never match what you’ve done for Giants, but if I had the time and energy for it, that’s what I’d pick for a page.
Yeah, the page opened up avenues to info I never dreamed of in my teens.
Like contacting Bert I Gordon’s daughter Susan over 15 years ago, and getting him to answer my questions, let alone Victoria Feldman solving the mystery of where her character Georgette went for most of the last third of the film.
In 2016, I did get Johnny Crawford’s email address, but I had heard shortly afterwards he had been diagnosed with Alzheimers, and so I didn’t pursue an interview. I do sometimes regret not reaching out to Tommy Kirk, who seemed to think the film was okay.
The film is like a yo-yo, in that new stuff pops up that keeps bringing me back. Like the one year the casting directors items were up for auction, or the films Blu-Ray release earlier this year.
This is the kind of site I loved finding way back, even if it was a movie or subject I wasn’t crazy about myself, the sheer care on display to gather as much genuine info as publicly possible on one thing for nothing more than to share the info with other potential fellow fans, or just about anyone really, is exactly what the internet is at it’s best.
Glad you’ve kept yours running.
Thank you. I had also started in on a site dedicated to the 1995 film, Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds. However, my interest waned when it seemed like there wasn’t a whole lot of information out there to really flesh out a page like the VOTG one.