MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 119 this week

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Passed  -  Horror  -  27 November 1962 (Mexico)
3.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 3.2/10 from 2,452 users  
Reviews: 97 user | 41 critic

A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature.

Director:

Writers:

(original story), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 2000 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 32 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

The Giant Gila Monster (1959) on IMDb 3.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Giant Gila Monster.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

An unusual radioactive rock on the sea bottom mutates the ocean life into a horrible monster. When charred, radioactive bodies begin to drift ashore a scientist and government agent ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Milner
Stars: Kent Taylor, Cathy Downs, Michael Whalen
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.

Director: Joseph Green
Stars: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Anthony La Penna
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When Captain Street's best friend Dan O'Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Marjorie Reynolds, Grant Withers
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum
Black Dragons (1942)
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A young alien (David Love) falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl (Dawn Anderson) and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Graeff
Stars: David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant
The Ape (1940)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne
Tormented (1960)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster.

Director: Monte Hellman
Stars: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff
The Gorilla (1939)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the ... See full summary »

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill
Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Sullivan ...
Fred Graham ...
Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...
Lisa
Shug Fisher ...
Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ...
Janice Stone ...
Missy Winstead
Ken Knox ...
Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon ...
Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy ...
Gordy
Cecil Hunt ...
Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows ...
Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware ...
Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves ...
Rick
Jan McLendon ...
Jennie
Jerry Cortwright ...
Bob
Edit

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. A series of tragic motor accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and depleting the town of its citizens and passer-throughs, including two hot-rodding teen-agers. And might have plans on attending the BIG record-hop party. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 November 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Gila el monstruo gigante  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was one of two features produced by an independent company in Texas and meant for release as a double feature. The other feature was The Killer Shrews (1959). Unlike many such features produced in the South, these films received national distribution. See more »

Goofs

Just before the train crash, there's a shot of Shug Fisher, playing Old Man Harris, in his car, reacting to the sight of the Giant Gila Monster. Reflected in the windshield is director Ray Kellogg giving Fisher the cue to turn his head. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Jeff: *What* did you hit him with?
Chase Winstead: My brand new, 100% completed hot rod.
Sheriff Jeff: You'd have had to start in the next county to get up enough momentum to do that to him.
Chase Winstead: Not with 4 quarts of nitro glycerin riding with me.
Mr. Wheeler: You drove across that rough field carrying nitro?
Chase Winstead: Yes sir!
Sheriff Jeff: Do you realize what could have happened?
Chase Winstead: It did. I lost my car!
Sheriff Jeff: Don't worry about that, the railroad will be *glad* to buy you a new one.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Rat Race (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Made That Way
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Pleasant slice of life film
3 June 2005 | by (Illinoize) – See 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.


24 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
drunk driving and mushrooms ZootAllures
'Bent-Knee-Syndrome ' on Gila Monster? Attillio
Which Platter-Party Attendee Would The Monster Have First Eaten First? Attillio
Jane Eyre? no_bodieseverknew
Just a few misunderstandings Guitar_Hurricane83
great film carlin4737
Discuss The Giant Gila Monster (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?