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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror | 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 overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...
Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ...
Janice Stone ...
Missy Winstead
Ken Knox ...
Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon ...
Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy ...
Cecil Hunt ...
Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows ...
Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware ...
Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves ...
Jan McLendon ...
Jerry Cortwright ...


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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Release Date:

27 November 1962 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Gigantyczna jaszczurka  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$138,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the second episode of season 4. See more »


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 »


Sheriff Jeff: Have you heard the reports of a "giant lizard"?
Mr. Wheeler: Yes, but it's just not possible.
Sheriff Jeff: Well, why not? There have been giants before!
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The Mushroom Song
(aka "Laugh, Children, Laugh")
Composed and Performed by Don Sullivan
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Yay! Too Stupid!
19 February 2005 | by (Northern Michigan) – See all my reviews

As an offering on AMC's Friday Fright Night, this film hardly qualified, other than being frightfully nostalgic and silly...but after ample quantities of Labatts and Yukon Jack, I thought this flick was big fun.

Okay, so that ukelele should've been broken over the dude's head the minute he started strumming it; so his crippled yet perky little sister was badly in need of an upper-lip wax; and I won't even reference the titular monster, as it's been commented on ad infinitum...

This is classic "ancient" cinema, the stuff your parents were supposed to be watching while they steamed up the windows in the back seat of your daddy's Plymouth; and I still think it beats the CGI "blockbusters" being pooped out of Hollywood every year.

To paraphrase Geena Davis in that remake of another cheesy sci-fi flick: "Be drunk...Be VERY drunk!" Highly recommended at 4 in the morning...

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