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Giant from the Unknown (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Horror | March 1958 (USA)
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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Ed Kemmer ...
Wayne Brooks (as Edward Kemmer)
Sally Fraser ...
Janet Cleveland
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Sheriff Parker
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Dr. Frederick Cleveland
Buddy Baer ...
Vargas the Giant
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Jolene Brand ...
Ann Brown (as Joline Brand)
Billy Dix ...
Indian Joe
Gary Crutcher ...
Charlie Brown
Ned Davenport ...
Townsman
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Townsman (as Ewing Miles)
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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 <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Giant from Devil's Crag  »

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$54,000 (estimated)
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The first human referred to as being killed by the mysterious attacker is called "Harold Banks" and also "Old Man Banks" and is named after the special effects man for the picture, Harold Banks. See more »

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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 »

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Indian Joe: All white men die!
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My Review Of "Giants Of The Unknown"
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Giant From The Unknown is a standard classic in my collection in that I have watched it nearly a dozen times since purchasing the DVD. I like most of my generation grew up on these B-movies almost second hand through late night television shows with strange horror hosts who poked harmless fun at the pictures but really taught us to embrace the classic films usually ignored by big box office standard studios. That feeling of nostalgia is why I still turn to these films as an almost "comfort food" for the soul.

This film although rattled with the faux pas of most classic B-movies in that there is a basic male chauvinism and xenophobia subtext to the story is a fun and light sci-fi flick for all ages. It is just how film and television flowed in those days. Push it aside and Giant From The Unknown like a lot of old movies is really a great story that is both entertaining and filled with adventure. Especially when dealing with the 50's sci-fi genre. It is directed by Richard E. Cunha and stars Ed Kemmer, Buddy Baer, Sally Fraser and Bob Steele.

This movie has a pretty interesting and fantastical story that deals with real giants of historical legends which just sets the mind to wonder. The dialog and acting is classic melodrama which is slightly over-the-top but fun to watch. The Giant is pretty intimidating and unlike most movie monsters of the era he looks convincing realistic. Over all the film is a great way to introduce kids to the old black & white genre stuff and a film that hold's it's own against any giant lizard or mummy. Just let yourself set back and enjoy a fun classic film.


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