The Giant Gila Monster

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Overview

Science-fiction-film historian Bill Warren once described The Giant Gila Monster as looking like a monster movie made by people who'd never seen a monster movie before. Admittedly, this Texas-filmed melodrama is rough going at times, but it does hold a perverse appeal for aficionados of truly bad cinema. Most of the plot is given over to a group of hot-rod enthusiasts, headed by nice-guy Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan), who sometimes breaks into song. Before long, the titular gila monster, which is just that -- a ...
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Overview

Science-fiction-film historian Bill Warren once described The Giant Gila Monster as looking like a monster movie made by people who'd never seen a monster movie before. Admittedly, this Texas-filmed melodrama is rough going at times, but it does hold a perverse appeal for aficionados of truly bad cinema. Most of the plot is given over to a group of hot-rod enthusiasts, headed by nice-guy Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan), who sometimes breaks into song. Before long, the titular gila monster, which is just that -- a real gila monster -- is lumbering about on miniaturized sets terrorizing the community, killing at random, knocking over trains and barns, and in general making a nuisance of itself. The monster nearly devours Chace's kid sister before Our Hero dispatches the beast with a hot rod full of nitroglycerin. The Giant Gila Monster was originally released on a double bill with the superior-by-default The Killer Shrews.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; "Images" journal essay
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 014381976526
  • Original Release: 1959
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,035

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Sullivan Chace Winstead
Lisa Simone Lisa
Shug Fisher Mr. Harris
Jerry Cortwright Bob
Beverly Thurman Gay
Don Flourney Gordy
Pat Simmons Sherry
Fred Graham Sheriff
Ken Knox Steamroller Smith
Desmond Dhooge Hitchhiker
Technical Credits
Ray Kellogg Director, Screenwriter
Louise Caldwell Set Decoration/Design
Ben Chapman Production Manager
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Ken Curtis Producer
Ralph Hammeras Special Effects
Jack Marshall Score Composer
Gordon McLendon Executive Producer
Wee Risser Special Effects
Jay Simms Screenwriter
Earl Snyder Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Stell Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Monster Strikes; Main Title [6:16]
2. Missing Persons [8:48]
3. Skid Marks [7:37]
4. Drunken Deejay [7:22]
5. The Search [8:33]
6. Laugh, Children, Laugh [10:20]
7. Train Damage [4:49]
8. The Nature of the Enemy [5:29]
9. Wheeler Gets Wise [3:27]
10. Guess the Singer [2:57]
11. Attack on the Barn [3:18]
12. Chase's Chance [5:37]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start
   Scenes
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      "Images Journal" Article
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Giant Lizard on the loose!

    This movie is great! The gila monster is so cool! and the special effects are cool. the acting is great. even the singing is great. It's just really a real gila monster in little playsets lumbering around. but that's way it's so great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And I say it is possible

    And I say it is possible that this movie has probably been on the shelves for years without being seen. The story comes out of the gate pretty quickly Two teen lovers in a car, a frightend look, then the screams, then a shot of the Giant Gila monsters foot coming down. Then the kids turn up missing. One thing leads to another, and, well, The Gila continues on without being noticed. All viewers should be aware that there is a song sung by the hero of the flick, Chase Winston, Mechanic, Detective and Rock and roller. He picks up his Ukele and starts in with the musical root canal on the audience. Oh the Hummanity!! In Short, one of the missing kids has a Dad. Daddy is less than pleased with the Sheriff's ill attempts at finding his lost son. Somehow, he figures he can fire the sheriff, and tells him so, but he has to do one last thing, Toss Chase in Jail for helping himself to a pair of tires off a junked car. Reluctantly, the sheriff goes along with it. And he does say, he is thew only Lawman around for five thousand square miles!! He should have demanded he throw him in jail for singing the mushroom song. Well, When the Sheriff comes to the dance with Daddy. There is Chase. And Oh No, He's ready to sing!! As if things weren't bad enough, the Gila Monster shows up and crashes through a wall. People are running and screaming. (I would have stood there and applauded as Chase stopped singing the mushroom song) In the end, the lizard's history and chase winds up losing his car. Daddy gives the sheriff his job back. THE END P.S. McCoy patrick.mccoy@excite.com

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