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Experiment #317 ~ VIKING WOMEN vs the SEA SERPENT (1957)
(a.k.a.:The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent) with short The Home Economics Story (1951)
Original Air Date: October 26, 1991
Studio: Malibu Productions (Distributed by: American International Pictures)
Starring: Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, Brad Jackson, Richard Devon, Jonathan Haze, Gary Conway
Directed By: Roger Corman
Theatrical Running Time: 66 Minutes
Tagline: "FABULOUS! SPECTACULAR! TERRIFYING! The Raw Courage of Women Without Men Lost in a Fantastic HELL ON EARTH!"
... but First! ...
Title: The Home Economics Story
Studio: Iowa State College Productions
Directed By: N/A
Theatrical Running Time: 25 Minutes
Four young women from different walks of life, Kaye, Jean, Helen and Louise, leave for college and try to decide on their careers after high school. Careers such as applied arts, foods and nutrition, household equipment, education, clothing, child development and institutional management. "Home economics is this, and so much more."
...and now ... OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION!
A group of Viking women set out to sea on a perilous journey to learn the fate of their men who have been gone for three years. Their voyage takes an unfortunate turn when their ship is capsized by a sea serpent, and they find themselves shipwrecked in a land controlled by the "Grimaults", who have enslaved the male Vikings. After a few brief skirmishes (and some really bad special FX), the Vikings gain their freedom and return to their homeland.
Joel asks people to consider the "lowly waffle (...and it's a fine and suitable substitute for stuffing or potatoes.)" It has so many uses. Such as "Take some peanut butter and syrup and make a waffle sandwich, or take a hot-dog and wrap it with a garnish of...". Commercial sign! (Guess we'll never know).
The Mads present the 'Meat Re-Animator', a device which brings back to life all meat products (namely a prepared chicken from your local grocery store). Joel presents a clothes iron that turns waffles into pancakes, (real genius there...NOT!). Frank has a knife fight with a re-animated, prepared chicken! "MOVIE SIGN!!!"
Joel reprograms the Bots to love waffles and asks them to come up with new uses for waffles.
Joel thinks he does a nutty thing with Cambot by simply carrying a plate of, and saying... "waffles!"
Tom has eaten too many waffles. "Maybe the world would be a better place without waffles." Crow shows up in costume as "Willie the Waffle. The wonderful, whimsical, wisecracking waffle!", defending the waffles' station in society. Just weird!
Joel and the Bots in a musical tribute to waffles!
"But you don't understand! I'm a PRINCE!"
Items of Note:
~ The 'long' title is the actual on screen title to the film.
~ After Host 1, Joel carries Tom into the auditorium upside-down!
~ During the film segment, just before Host 3, Joel (obviously seen in silhouette) seems to be really uncomfortable, twisting his head and rubbing his neck.
~ Crow wears the 'Willie the Waffle' headgear into the auditorium after Host 3 and Joel immediately strips it off.
~ Tom and Crow are already in the auditorium when Joel enters after Host 2.
~ Waffles? I... oh, never mind.
~ A really long 'short' to make up for a really short movie.
~ A Viking named Todd!?
~ The waffle in Tom's head really reinforces that he ate too much. Great sight gag!
~ Abby Dalton is probably best known for her portrayal of 'Julia Cumson' on the TV drama "Falcon Crest."
~ Jonathan Haze is probably best known as 'Seymour Krelboin' in the original 1960 film production of "Little Shop of Horrors."
~ I remember Gary Conway as 'Capt. Steve Burton' from the Irwin Allen TV series "Land of the Giants"
: "Iowa State College. The high school after
: "Your period and mine. A lecture!"
: "Kegs will be tapped, Men will be used!"
: "It's Todd Knotts as 'The Reluctant Viking'!"
: " This story is right out of Homer." (Crow)
: "...and Jethro?"
~ (After killing a wild boar) -(Tom)
: "Look! Corman got the shot, catered the crew and got a costume for 'Teenage Caveman' all at once!"
: "It's 'Blaze' vs. 'Weenie Man' on "American Gladiators!" (Joel)
: "It's actually "Over the Top" with Sly Stallone!"
: "I'm Todd the Baptist!"
~ With pop culture references ranging from Head and Shoulders shampoo, Abbey Road, Mazola corn oil and the "Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink" sketch to Hiawatha, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Animal House and Love,American Style, this is another solid episode. Consistently funny and creative from week to week at this point.
3-1/2 (you knew this was coming) "Piping Hot, Golden Brown and Delicious Waffles" out of 5
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