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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.

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Cast overview:
Ed Kemmer ... Wayne Brooks (as Edward Kemmer)
Sally Fraser ... Janet Cleveland
... Sheriff Parker
... Dr. Frederick Cleveland
... Vargas the Giant
... Cafe Proprietor
Jolene Brand ... Ann Brown (as Joline Brand)
Billy Dix ... Indian Joe
Gary Crutcher ... Charlie Brown
Ned Davenport ... Townsman
Ewing Miles Brown ... Townsman (as Ewing Miles)
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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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A Hideous Monster from Beyond the Grave! See more »

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Giant from Devil's Crag  »

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$54,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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During the climax between Vargas and Ed at the mill, you can see it snowing (and a little snow on the ground) followed by no snow (falling or on the ground). This goes back and forth more then once. See more »

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Wayne Brooks: If anything happens while you've got me in custody, like another killing, it will be just as if you done yourself. Outside of being the laughing stock of the entire county, you'll have to live with the memory of it for the rest of your hard-headed life.
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Darn It, This Movie Was Kinda Fun
10 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Truth to tell, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from "Giant From the Unknown." I'd seen two of director Richard Cunha's later works, "Missile to the Moon" and "Frankenstein's Daughter," and had found them both incredibly awful, albeit entertainingly so. Indeed, the latter might just be my favorite bad movie of all time. Still, it was to my surprise that "Giant," although certainly not a good movie by any reasonable definition, turned out to be yet another entertaining diversion from director Cunha. In it, a Spanish conquistador, buried 500 years ago by Indians in what is now California, rises from the earth to cause more mayhem. As played by Buddy Baer (brother of heavyweight prizefighter Max), and featuring a makeup job by Jack "Frankenstein" Pierce, this giant does make for one imposing sight. Scientist Morris Ankrum, his daughter Sally Fraser, and an ex-student, Edward Kemmer, all happen to be in this CA mountain community when old Vargas goes on his rampage, and the three make for appealing leads. This film features a fair amount of suspense, some startling moments, not too many unintentionally funny lines, and a fairly compact story line. Granted, some of the backdrops look as phony as can be (that lake, that ersatz dam), and some details don't make much sense if one ponders them later, but darn it, this movie was kinda fun! Maybe I've been watching too many shlocky films lately, and my standards are starting to slip, but still, I did enjoy this one. The DVD looks nice and crisp, too, although the source material seems damaged in spots. All in all, I certainly do not regret having rented this one out....


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