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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.

Director:

Richard E. Cunha

Writers:

Frank Hart Taussig (screenplay), Ralph Brooke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ed Kemmer ... Wayne Brooks (as Edward Kemmer)
Sally Fraser Sally Fraser ... Janet Cleveland
Bob Steele ... Sheriff Parker
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Frederick Cleveland
Buddy Baer ... Vargas the Giant
Oliver Blake ... Cafe Proprietor
Jolene Brand Jolene Brand ... Ann Brown (as Joline Brand)
Billy Dix Billy Dix ... Indian Joe
Gary Crutcher Gary Crutcher ... Charlie Brown
Ned Davenport Ned Davenport ... Townsman
Ewing Miles Brown Ewing Miles Brown ... Townsman (as Ewing Miles)
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Storyline

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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It came from another world! See more »

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giant from Devil's Crag See more »

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Budget:

$54,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

If you look up "Fawnskin, CA Real Estate Video Tour" you will see the lodge where the cast stayed during the filming (and also where the dinner scene with Ed Kemmer, Sally Fraser and Morris Ankrum was shot). The smaller building next to it was originally the general store where they shot the opening scene of the movie. See more »

Goofs

Most of the the Conquistador's iron helmets, breastplates and weapons are in a perfect condition, despite being buried in the ground for over 400 years. See more »

Quotes

Indian Joe: All white men die!
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My Review Of "Giants Of The Unknown"
24 July 2013 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee 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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