A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
The movie opens with a young couple parked in a bleak, rural locale pondering their future, A giant gila monster attacks the car, sending the young couple running for their lives. Chase Winstead , a young mechanic and hot rod racer and his girl Lisa (Madeline Voges), meets up with Chase's former nemesis, Waco Bob (Jesse Janzen) and his sidekick Carla (Christina De Rosa). Prompted by calls from Mayor Wheeler (Gerard Pauwels) ,The local Sheriff (Terence Knox)enlists the help of Chase, a young mechanic and hot rod racer, locates the crashed car in the ravine and finds evidence of the giant lizard. They attempt to destroy the lizard, but that only emboldens it. The creature continues to prey on the small town. It starts to head for the Winstead homestead, However, Chase packs his prized hot rod with nitroglycerin and rigs it to speed straight into the monster, terminating the lizard in a fiery explosion and heroically saving the town.Written by
I'm going to agree with what another user said and say, yes! The original was a million times better. When I first picked up this film, I didn't even know it was a remake, I thought it was one of those Syfy originals, but no, even though it's virtually just as bad. They were on the right track with the creature design, but some of it, especially its back end, get all awkward and weird looking. Also, the truck the guy drives says the company he works for is in Indiana. It doesn't take a herpetologist to know that Gila monsters live in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico. Not the north. The acting is horrendous, and it's as if the characters are played by high school students instead of experienced and skilled actors. Along with the inaccurate distribution of Gila monsters, the movie supposedly takes place in the 1950's, which is when the original was made. The only thing making that obvious is the automobiles. The actors dress as if they are from the present time. They could have done a lot more with this movie. I fail to accept that a venomous lizard the size of a house doesn't cause people to look out their windows. It seemed as if no one knew the creature existed, except those who were hunting it. It was a pretty big disappointment, but I feel like it could have been molded into a really good one. Too bad it didn't happen.
Also, Gila monsters don't use their tongues to capture prey. Just sayin!
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