Giant Gila Monster

A giant reptile attacks rock 'n' rollers in this low budget gem shot in Texas.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 1,695
Rating: 1/5 -- made on a shoestring budget and it shows; bad blend of teenagers, rock music and silly lizard on patently faked sets.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2003
Rating: 1/5 -- Cheesy effects, slimy monster.
Kansas City Kansan
Jan 5, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- The desolate desert imagery combined with Jack Marshall's creepy score make for a sporadically transfixing experience. Full Review
Oct 27, 2011
Has a real-life lizard (looking as disinterested as hell!) harassing scale models . . . Full Review
Sci-Fi Movie Page
Nov 6, 2007
Rating: 1/4 -- this is the kind of movie where simple continuity between day and night proves to be a problem
Q Network Film Desk
Aug 22, 2001
Rating: 3/5 -- An essential bad movie. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 27, 2002
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. Full Review
Sep 18, 2007

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A monstrous poisonous reptile slithers from the depths of the midwest outback to wreak death and destruction on civilization. When teenagers start disappearing from lover's lane, a tough-talking sheriff and teen hot-rodder form an unlikely alliance to find the missing youths. What they discover is a mutant Gila monster large enough to destroy the whole town. Between scenes of low-budget destruction, Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan of Teenage Zombies / Monster Of Piedras Blancas fame) sings a couple of not-bad pop songs while cowboy perennials Fred Graham and Shug Fisher make memorable appearances. The Giant Gila Monster was filmed in Texas back-to-back with another Ray Kellogg/Ken Curtis production, The Killer Shrews.

Product Description:

When a Texas town is threatened by a gigantic lizard, a singing and swinging teenager kick starts his friends into gear to stop the crazed beast. An enjoyable romp through 1950s science fiction drive-in cheese, the sleepy lizard wreaking havoc on miniature sets is no less terrifying than the musical numbers.


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  • Copyright 1991 Rhino Records, Inc. dba Rhino Home Video.
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Giant gila monster Movie Lover: from SHEPHERD, TX US -- March, 2, 2019

Remember these movies when I was young. Great show just to set and watch for entertainment.

Character development where none has a right to be... Movie Lover: from New York -- September, 28, 2004

Make no mistake, this is not ?Gone with the Wind?; this is a ?B? movie.

That said?I want to point out that one of the trademark attributes of a B movie is two-dimensional characters who behave in a totally unrealistic manner. This movie features characters reaching well into two-and-a-half dimensions who behave in a way that is not totally unbelievable.

Yes there are moments, like when the hero hands his ?best girl? unprotected bottles of nitroglycerine and cautions her to be careful with them as they careen across a dirt field in a hotrod. But I can?t honestly say that I would do differently when faced with a giant Gila monster. The small town sheriff was very well written and acted (for a B picture remember), as was our crooning hero played by Don Sullivan?who stretched well beyond any dimensions ever offered by Presley or Avalon.

Before MTV Movie Lover: from Tejas -- March, 2, 2004

Before MTV movies were utilized to try to get scenes of people doing thjings while music played and The Giant Gila Monster was made to expose some of these new crazy tunes the kids all loved to dance to.

I don't like this film but I have to defend it because it was made in the Texas dessert and so was I.

There are no special effects. The monster seems to change size often once being bigger than several derailed train cars and a scene later only about half as big as a small barn. There is also no reason for the monster to be. There were no nuclear bomb test or metorites bringing cosmic rays to Earth. The narration suggest that it just got real big.
About the most terrifing thing the monster does is step on people or wreck their cars.

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  • Sales Rank: 13,914
  • UPC: 089218407696
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