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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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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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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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At end of movie when Vargas breaks thru the handrail of the bridge, a few seconds later the hero is seen walking off the bridge and the handrail intact. See more »

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Indian Joe: All white men die!
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No Big Deal
25 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

RATING: *1/2 out of ****

Director Cunha's first of four drive-in "horror classics" is merely typical, and not a big deal. It's about a trio of expeditionists unearthing an infamous 6' 6" Spanish Conquistador who promptly picks up his axe and stalks around the woods for a while.

Ed Kemmer makes a likeable leading man, and Sally Fraser is the standard helpless heroine. Morris Ankrum seems hesitant to deliver his lines, and the film is sprinkled with enough silly acting to make it endurable for a single viewing.

The film falls short with the title character; a helmeted tall man with dirt and mud on his face just doesn't terrify me. It's one of the last makeups done by genius artist Jack Pierce (famous for his timeless Wolf Man and Frankenstein designs for Universal), and not one of his best efforts. The giant does little during the time he's onscreen, and is disappointing.

The best film director Cunha made in the genre - and required viewing for any fifties monster fan - is FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER.


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