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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 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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Genres:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Screencraft Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Vargas picks up a man to throw him and wires are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Indian Joe: All white men die!
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Giant From The Unknown= 7Ft. Conquistador From Big Bear Ca.
27 August 2012 | by michaeldukey2000See all my reviews

Call me a big softy or a melon head but it's hard for me to not like the B-Movies of my youth that I watched eagerly on shows like Chiller Theater,Jeeper's Creepers and Strange Tales Of Science Fiction. This one played in heavy rotation with Attack Of The Fifty Foot Woman and The Amazing Colossal Man. Part of the reason why this had such a strong juvenile appeal is that many kids were studying the Spaniards in the new world in school and this sparked a wild romantic fancy. This was long before shows on the Discovery Channel and Nat Geo were around to dispel myths about murderous soldiers from another era. Another good reason is that director Richard Cunha knew how to stretch a budget and keep things moving and absurd and interesting enough to keep ten year olds glued to their seats. A geologist and a Archaelogist and his hot daughter go hunting in Devils Crag to find traces of El Giant Diablo a sadistic Conquistador of great size. Strange things have been happening in the area like cattle mutilation and a fatal beating of one of the town folk. Now this is weird because the first time we see the comatose giant rise out of the ground is during a lightening storm so either the electricity brought him back to life or he did the murders and then covered himself up with mud and leaves before taking a snooze but it just makes a film like this more fun. The Title monster never utters a word and makes scary faces underneath veteran Jack Pierces make up which was pretty scary in kids terms at the time. Not a film to analyze too much but to just relax and enjoy it's wacky glory.If you like films like Attack Of The Killer Shrews and The Brain From Planet Arous you'll like this one as well.


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