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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>

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


Certificate:

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Trivia

Heavy-metal and "punk rock" icon Glenn Danzig (The Misfits, Samhain, Danzig) used the same font from the poster for this film for his solo band's logo. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chase Winstead: Where's Pat and Liz?
Bob: Maybe their car broke down?
Chase Winstead: Hey! I worked on that car myself!
Bob: That wouldn't make any difference if he goofed the speed shift or something!
Chase Winstead: And that squirrel is just the one that could do it!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: Opening Night (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mushroom Song
(uncredited)
(aka "Laugh, Children, Laugh")
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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Pleasant slice of life film
3 June 2005 | by drmality-1See all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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