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The Giant Gila Monster1959

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)




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In The Giant Gila Monster, 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. When the monster threatens to devour Chace's kid sister, he attempts to dispatch the beast with a hot rod full of nitroglycerin. The Giant Gila Monster was originally released on a double bill with The Killer Shrews.

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Don Sullivan
as Chase Winstead
Shug Fisher
as Mr. Harris
Fred Graham
as Sheriff
Bob Thompson
as Wheeler
Cecil Hunt
as Compton
Ken Knox
as Steamroller Smith
Yolanda Salas
as Liz Humphries
Howard Ware
as Eb Humphries
Stormey Meadows
as Agatha Humphries
Desmond Dhooge
as Hitchhiker
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Critic Reviews for The Giant Gila Monster

All Critics (9)

The desolate desert imagery combined with Jack Marshall's creepy score make for a sporadically transfixing experience.

October 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Has a real-life lizard (looking as disinterested as hell!) harassing scale models . . .

November 6, 2007 | Full Review…

Camp value is provided by a truckload of 1950s B-movie cliches and dreadful song breaks -- "The Gila Monster Crawl" among other "rock & roll hits" -- by its lead, Don Sullivan, who through this movie rose from nothing to complete obscurity.

September 18, 2007 | Full Review…

Cheesy effects, slimy monster.

January 5, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

made on a shoestring budget and it shows; bad blend of teenagers, rock music and silly lizard on patently faked sets.

May 1, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

An essential bad movie.

August 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Giant Gila Monster


From the Blood Soaked Cinema Collection (12 Video's from Brentwood Home Video). As a monster movie, this is far from the best, but as a look at life in 50's rural Texas, it's top notch. The settings are authentic and realistic and the people talk like real people. Especially good is Fred Graham as the kind-hearted Sheriff...the opposite of the way most cops were portrayed in teen movies. Don Sullivan is not bad at all as hero Chase, a decent kid who just happens to love racing fast cars. With the exception of the rich Dad, everybody in the movie seems decent. As for our title monster, he's pretty sleepy looking, but I always thought Gila Monsters were pretty cool. The somber, eerie background music helps this one a lot. Speaking of which, some of Sullivan's singing is OK, but "Laugh, Little Children" should be taken out and shot. If the effects had matched the rest of the movie, it would have been a minor classic. As it is, it's a fun "time capsule" type movie. 3 1/2 stars 6-10-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Incredibly dull creature feature from the 50's.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Another giant monster movie, nothing special, I didn't like this movie at all.

Aj V
Aj V

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