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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1959 (UK)
A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

Director:

Ray Kellogg

Writers:

Ray Kellogg (original story), Jay Simms (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Sullivan ... Chase Winstead
Fred Graham ... Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone Lisa Simone ... Lisa
Shug Fisher ... Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson Bob Thompson ... Mr. Wheeler
Janice Stone Janice Stone ... Missy Winstead
Ken Knox Ken Knox ... Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon Gay McLendon ... Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy Don Flournoy ... Gordy
Cecil Hunt Cecil Hunt ... Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows Stormy Meadows ... Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware Howard Ware ... Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves Pat Reeves ... Rick
Jan McLendon Jan McLendon ... Jennie
Jerry Cortwright Jerry Cortwright ... Bob
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Storyline

A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang, for help. After a series of tragic motor accidents, it becomes apparent that a giant Gila monster is roaming the area depleting the town of its citizens and visitors, including two hot-rodding teens, and planning to attend the BIG record-hop party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Gila, el monstruo gigante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Knox, who plays disc jockey Horatio Alger "Steamroller" Smith, was a real disc jockey working at radio stations in Texas owned by Gordon McLendon, the uncredited executive producer of this film. See more »

Goofs

As the freight train crashes, you can plainly see the string pulling the engine off the tracks. Once it goes off, the rest of the train follows. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Jeff: Have you heard the reports of a "giant lizard"?
Mr. Wheeler: Yes, but it's just not possible.
Sheriff Jeff: Well, why not? There have been giants before!
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Alternate Versions

A colorized version was released in 2007, as part of a double feature with The Killer Shrews. See more »


Soundtracks

The Mushroom Song
(uncredited)
(aka "Laugh, Children, Laugh")
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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User Reviews

 
Yay! Too Stupid!
19 February 2005 | by goodbear40See all my reviews

As an offering on AMC's Friday Fright Night, this film hardly qualified, other than being frightfully nostalgic and silly...but after ample quantities of Labatts and Yukon Jack, I thought this flick was big fun.

Okay, so that ukelele should've been broken over the dude's head the minute he started strumming it; so his crippled yet perky little sister was badly in need of an upper-lip wax; and I won't even reference the titular monster, as it's been commented on ad infinitum...

This is classic "ancient" cinema, the stuff your parents were supposed to be watching while they steamed up the windows in the back seat of your daddy's Plymouth; and I still think it beats the CGI "blockbusters" being pooped out of Hollywood every year.

To paraphrase Geena Davis in that remake of another cheesy sci-fi flick: "Be drunk...Be VERY drunk!" Highly recommended at 4 in the morning...


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