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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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Terror Stalks! Half Monster, Half Man! See more »

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Drama | Horror

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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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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

At end of movie when Vargas breaks thru the handrail of the bridge, a few seconds later the hero is seen walking off the bridge and the handrail intact. See more »

Quotes

Indian Joe: All white men die!
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Okay, so I'm a sucker for Morris Ankrum movies
28 January 2001 | by Vigilante-407See all my reviews

I can't think of any movie that has Morris Ankrum that I didn't really like...and yes, I have seen The Giant Claw (three times, in fact).

That fact notwithstanding, Giant From The Unknown is a pretty good movie. The basic story has a Spanish Conquistador (who happens to be a giant and who happens to have travelled up into northern California after breaking with Cortez) waking up after five hundred years of suspended animation and going on a rampage of death and cattle mutilation.

Don't let the plot turn you off. The script manages to make it all seem pretty believeable, and the acting is pretty good as well. Morris Ankrum is great. Ed Kemmer (Commander Buzz Corey on Space Patrol) is the hero. Cowboy and serial legend Bob Steele is the sheriff, and the lovely Janet Fraser is the love interest.

The monster himself looks pretty good as well...for an unburied conquistador, that is. The finale at the sawmill is an excellent sequence...though don't try to adjust your VCR. That fuzziness is optically-printed snow on the sequence (it took me a couple of minutes to realize that...I thought the print had deteriorated).

Giant From the Unknown is a good all-around example of fifties science fiction that is worth a look by fans of the genre.


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