Tonight on MeTV- it’s another fantastic voyage loosely based on a story by Jules Verne- as two rivals about to kill each other in a duel end up having to rely on each other to survive in a strange world with a variety of cave people and prehistoric beasts- when amazing circumstances drop them into the “Valley of the Dragons”!
Back in 1881, near Algiers, two men- Hector , a Frenchman, and Irish-American Michael are about to have an old-fashioned duel- over a woman, of course. Just as they are about to fire- strange astral phenomenon takes place, as a comet sweeps far too close to the earth- and the two pistol-packing enemies are whisked off in a terrible wind-or is it gravitational pull ?!
They both come to in what appears to be a sort of jungle, very different from Algiers- and declare a truce long enough to get back to the city. However, with no city in sight, they begin to examine various theories- that a natural disaster has wiped out civilization, or that the earth has shifted its axis. They are soon shocked to see, looming large in the night sky- what appears to be the planet Earth!
A new theory emerges- that the comet has actually torn off a chunk of the earth, and deposited it here in space ( on the moon, though I don’t think they ever clearly state that). They run into the “dragons” of the title, which are actually dinosaurs ( of the cinematic variety- i.e., lizards shot close up) and add to their theory the idea that the comet, much like an A train, makes occasional passes at the earth, and on a previous visit, had torn off part of the prehistoric world which now flourishes here!
After a run-in with some savage Neanderthals, and eventually letting their bygones be bygones, Hector and Michael end up separated- and each discovers a different tribe of cave dwellers. Hector is actually the one discovered by – of all things- an incredibly hot blonde cave woman, who brings him into the fold of her tribe- while Michael, going to the aid of a caveman from a different tribe, joins that group- which also has a pretty brunette cave chick to pair up with!
This odd world and its inhabitants are plunged into great danger by the eruption of a nearby volcano- and being besieged by the giant lizards displaced by the natural disaster. Can Hector and Michael find a way to survive- along with their cave-dwelling pals?
This 1961 epic, as I have said, is based on a Jules Verne story – which, amazingly, included neither dinosaurs or cave folks! We have actually done some editing to lessen the cruelty of the early film-makers ( in stock footage from the 1940s “One Million B.C.”) having lizards actually battle each other. Cesare Danova and Sean McClory are the two earthmen who end up in space, and, the blonde cave cutie is none other than Joan Staley – Don Knotts’ girlfriend in “Ghost and Mr. Chicken”! We’ll go over the cast list, as well as explaining where the stock footage came from, and also provide the usual Sven fun- along with a visit from our friend, actor/wrestler/ MMA fighter/ comic book author C. M. Punk- Phil Brooks!
Repeating from last week- we’ve been told that some providers are listing our show by the movie title instead of as “Svengoolie”- so, if you plan on recording it- check how your provider has the show listed. We have , sadly, no control in how the listing services do so, but at least we can warn you to check on it.
"Valley of the Dragons" premiers on our show tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, if you are not sure where and when to find the show in your area, please go to your local listings, or to www.metv.com .Those Sven fans on Twitter keep live-Tweeting during the show, and MeTV invites you to do the same, using the hashtag #svengoolie . That Tweeting not only continues to keep us trending nationally every week- but, last week- had us trending world -wide! Viewers in the Chicago area can see the son rise as we repeat “Son of Dr. Jekyll” this morning at 11 am on WCIU- which, this fall, will become CW 26 as it becomes part of the CW network!
If you plan to vote in this year’s Rondo awards for horror and science fiction in various media-you only have until midnight to get in your votes! Vote in as many or as few categories as you wish- but follow all the instructions or your vote will not count! I’m again nominated in category 21- “favorite horror host” – but you should choose who your favorite is, and vote accordingly! You can only submit one ballot, and it must include your name and e-mail address. The Rondos are truly indicative of what the most important people- the fans- like best, so make your voice heard! The ballot is found at www.rondoaward.com
A quick sad note- sportscaster Chet Coppock, a friend starting from back in the Jerry G. Bishop Sven days at WFLD in Chicago, has passed away due to injuries in a car accident. Chet did sports on radio and TV, did some ring announcing for the WWE, and pretty much started the trend of sports talk radio in our city. He will be missed.
Travel with us tonight for prehistoric thrills, volcanic violence, and magnified reptile repercussions on MeTV !