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Giant from the Unknown (1958)

 -  Horror  -  March 1958 (USA)
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A very large, degenerate, Spanish conqueror is freed from suspended animation by lightning and goes on a killing spree in a small town.


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Cast overview:
Ed Kemmer ...
Wayne Brooks (as Edward Kemmer)
Sally Fraser ...
Janet Cleveland
Sheriff Parker
Morris Ankrum ...
Dr. Frederick Cleveland
Buddy Baer ...
Vargas the Giant
Cafe Proprietor
Jolene Brand ...
Ann Brown (as Joline Brand)
Billy Dix ...
Indian Joe
Gary Crutcher ...
Charlie Brown
Ned Davenport ...
Townsman (as Ewing Miles)


In the 16th century a small band of warriors from the Spanish Ptolemy Firello expedition in California mutinies. Led by one of Firello's lieutenants, a huge, depraved giant of a man known as Vargas, the group heads off into the mountains to search for gold and is never heard from again. Hundreds of years later, a lightning bolt frees Vargas from a state of suspended animation underground and sends him out to terrorize a rural mountain village. Written by Jeremy Lunt <>

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March 1958 (USA)  »

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$54,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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In one scene we see Vargas (the "Diablo Giant") coming to life and rising from his grave. But this is after there had been a brutal killing and cattle mutilations. See more »


Indian Joe: All white men die!
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Above Average Height Man from the Woods
11 September 2010 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty lacking 50's monster movie from Richard E. Cunha, the man who brought us the schlocktastic female monsters and Nazis trash-fest, She Demons. That latter movie is considerably more entertaining than Giant from the Unknown. The basic premise of the film is reasonable enough though, with archaeologists arriving in a remote cabin town to discover that a 500 year old giant conquistador has been preserved and reanimated by special minerals in the local soil. It just so happens that this giant is a raving lunatic and goes around killing people for no reason other than he is evil, and that's what evil giant reanimated conquistadors do.

I suppose the trouble with the movie is that the title villain only really gets into his stride in the latter stages of the film, the rest being a somewhat unremarkable build-up. While there are some undeniably memorable set-pieces like the final confrontation at the dam, there aren't really enough and the film isn't entertaining in a campy sense either as, to be fair, it's too solidly made and acted to provide many cheap laughs. It's certainly not bottom of the barrel stuff but you might find this one lacking in much entertainment value outwith a few isolated scenes. Fans of 50's sci-fi and horror films might find something of value here mind you, but it is strictly a minor and lower division effort.

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