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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
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The scene in the Barn during the party, as the Giant Gila Monster breaks through the window. Everybody looks to the right. Then everyone is looking straight ahead toward the camera. But Old Man Harris watches as the Gila Monster comes through the window to the left. Everybody runs out to the left to escape, but Old Man Harris runs up the stairs. Everybody ends up outside through the big barn doors. See more »
Where's Pat and Liz?
Maybe their car broke down?
Hey! I worked on that car myself!
That wouldn't make any difference if he goofed the speed shift or something!
And that squirrel is just the one that could do it!
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The Mushroom Song
(aka "Laugh, Children, Laugh")
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan See more »
Pleasant slice of life film
As a monster movie, this is far from the best, but as a look at life in 50's rural Texas, it's top notch. The settings are authentic and realistic and the people talk like real people. Especially good is Fred Graham as the kind-hearted Sheriff...the opposite of the way most cops were portrayed in teen movies. Don Sullivan is not bad at all as hero Chase, a decent kid who just happens to love racing fast cars. With the exception of the rich Dad, everybody in the movie seems decent.
As for our title monster, he's pretty sleepy looking, but I always thought Gila Monsters were pretty cool. The somber, eerie background music helps this one a lot. Speaking of which, some of Sullivan's singing is OK, but "Laugh, Little Children" should be taken out and shot.
If the effects had matched the rest of the movie, it would have been a minor classic. As it is, it's a fun "time capsule" type movie.
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