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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 27 November 1962 (Mexico)
A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...
Lisa
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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
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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. 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>

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Gigantyczna jaszczurka  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ken Knox, who plays disc jockey Horatio Alger "Steamroller" Smith, was a real disc jockey working at radio stations in Texas owned by Gordon McLendon, the uncredited executive producer of this film. See more »

Goofs

Just after Chase receives the phone call from the Sherriff about the wrecked oil truck, in the next scene the shadow of the boom mic can be seen in the lower left corned of the frame, next to the police car, right before Chase pulls up in his dragster. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Made That Way
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
Fan of 50s sci-fi? This movie is FUN!!!
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, I know I'm in the minority here, but I have to say I love this movie.

Most people may think the acting is corny and special effects are lousy, but there is a certain kind of charm this movie has that stays with you. It's the kind of movie, if you saw it as a kid, you would never forget it.

I even think the Gila Monster is kind of cool .. Hey, he's cooler than some of those stupid Japanese monster movies (ever seen those Gamera flicks?)

The characters all have personality and charm (even the drunk is great!). The eerie music is great (it defines 1950s sci-fi), the hot-rods are cool and the low-lit scenes are great too. It just adds to the charm of the movie.

It's hard to describe, but the movie is like one of those scratchy old record albums you've loved since you bought it as a kid.

I surfed the internet after seeing the movie and found a site dedicated to the movie and its fans (the guest book is loaded with praise from the many fans who signed it).

In short, this movie is FUN, bad acting and all ... it's just a good time. Enjoy it!


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