Tonight on MeTV- we’ll take you away from our current stressful situation- to a warm and sunny Caribbean island- where there is a totally different stressful situation- and not just the rule of the nasty local town boss! Masks and social distancing won’t help you avoid some reanimated prehistoric beasts and a newly- awakened Neanderthal- when we face the destructive might of- “Dinosaurus!”
It’s the threshold of a new future on the island , as a construction crew labors to create a new , ship-friendly lagoon- using underwater charges to blast more space below the surface of the surrounding ocean. Local kid Julio enjoys hanging around with the workmen, against the wishes of the villainous town boss, Mike Hacker. Much more friendly to him is Big Bart Thompson who’s in charge of the operation- but less in control of his winsome girlfriend Betty, who cluelessly boats out amidst the blast area, and dives into the water to retrieve a lost cooler. Bart notices and is quick to follow- which is a good thing, when a shocking discovery puts Betty in peril!
Once she’s back on land, we find the source of her dismay was- two prehistoric creatures, flash-frozen in the icy waters (sure- we’ve all heard of the icy waters of the Caribbean- especially in an area so shallow they have to make it deeper). The construction crew now becomes a salvage crew, as they transfer the frozen dinosaurs- apparently a brontosaurus and a T-Rex- onto the beach. The nasty Hacker ( an ethnic bad guy whose Anglicized name doesn’t suit him!) has his own agenda- cashing in on the new finds- especially when he stumbles on one additional prize that has washed up from the sea- a seemingly inert cave man! He stashes the Neanderthal’s body and ponders his next move while Bart and Betty head to Hacker’s cantina for dinner.
A storm is approaching the island- which concerns the somewhat over-served old fellow who is on “guard duty” (consisting of napping, drinking, and reading a comic book)- and soon, the thunderstorm unleashes more than rain, as lightning strikes revive the prehistoric beasts! The goofy guard’s attempt to keep the monsters at bay with a stick of dynamite only adds to the confusion of the power going out, and young Julio escaping the wrath of his “guardian” Hacker.
Of course, the cave man end up revived as well- and soon the area is under siege by this pseudo Flintstone -AND rampaging dinosaurs. The bronto appears to be the more friendly of the massive lizards- and the T Rex is more of a -well- a T Rex! Trying to reach safety, the frightened townspeople must evacuate and take refuge in an old fortress – and hope that Bart and the boys can help them survive the deadly attack of the thunder lizard!
This 1960 film, complete with some stop-motion animation, comes to us from the same folks who brought us the ‘50s classic “The Blob”, and has some interesting stories attached, which we’ll relate to you- as well as introducing you to the cast, visiting with a dinosaur, and presenting a tune. Be forewarned-there is some silliness along with the excitement in this film- but, all in all, it’s an entertaining adventure.
“Dinosaurus!" will be on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings (or at www.metv.com ) for time and channel in your viewing area. Join the many fans live-Tweeting on Twitter during the program- just be sure to use the hashtag #svengoolie – and you’ll probably find us, once again, trending high nationally among the topics of conversation. In Chicago, viewers get one more look at the ever-popular “Gargoyles” on the U, at 11 am.
Be watching the Sven ( and MeTV) store for something new to help entertain you while in quarantine- and beyond!
Join us tonight for pre-historic pandemonium and dinosaurus disaster on MeTV!