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An enormous lizard frightens a Texas community and a daring teenager steps in to wipe out the creature.

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  • Actors: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone, Shug Fisher
  • Directors: Ray Kellogg
  • Writers: Ray Kellogg, Jay Simms
  • Producers: Ken Curtis
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00176VK4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,903 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on August 18, 2002
Format: DVD
Everything about this movie says "stinker," yet I just can't help but like it; I've watched it at least half-a-dozen times since my early teens and just don't get tired of it. As every Giant Gila fan must know, it was produced by Ken Curtis (deputy Festus Haggen on TV's Gunsmoke) and directed by Ray Kellogg (The Green Berets, My Dog Buddy) back-to-back with The Killer Shrews. The pedestrian script is by Jay Simms, who did much better with Shrews, Panic in Year Zero, and Creation of the Humanoids, and the repetitious 'eerie' soundtrack is courtesy of Jack Marshall (who penned the memorable Munsters' TV theme). While all the kids tool around in custom "slingshots" and mouth some nifty jive talk, Giant Gila is just too NICE to qualify as a (typically sleazy) JD/monster flick. Don Sullivan (Teenage Zombies, Monster of Piedras Blancas) stars as keen teen Chase Winstead, who's so virtuous and upstanding that he ought to be canonized. He's working in a garage to support his family, keeps his buddies in line (no dragging!), helps the sheriff search for missing gila victims, writes and sings religious pop songs, is taking a correspondence course in engineering, and saves his money to buy leg braces for his polio-stricken kid sister! It's enough to make you gag. He gets additional saint points because his dad died on an oil rig owned by wealthy jerk Mr. Wheeler, and he's also got a beautiful but annoying and nearly unintelligible French girlfriend (Lisa Simone). Fred Graham, veteran of numerous westerns and flyboy flicks, plays the understanding sheriff, and Shug Fisher (formerly a member of the Sons of the Pioneers vocal group, along with Curtis) provides some cornball 'comedy' as Old Man Harris, whose 1932 Model-A is lusted after by the hot-rodders.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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This movie is LOUSY! That's what makes it so much fun to watch! The gila monster is never shown in the same shot with the people he is supposedly attacking, the sheriff is a whiny, ineffective fool who couldn't solve a jaywalking case, and the main character, Chase, is so annoying with his "goody-goodness" and horrendously bad musical numbers,that you will relish the prospect of watching him get torn limb from limb by the gila monster (which unfortunately does not happen!). Having stated all that, let me say that if you like campy sci-fi you couldn't find a better movie if you raided Ed Wood's own personal movie vault! You'll savor every agonizing minute! Buy it now!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on August 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Ah those were the days, Rock'n Roll Music, Drive-in's showing the latest Troy Donahue or monster flick, hotrodders, and "making out", in quiet country lanes in "souped up" wagons. Gee the '50's must have been a gas! Well at least that's what I'm told it was like for teenagers back then as I wasn't around to know myself. Despite it's many faults 1959's "The Giant Gila Monster", is a real favourite of mine among the "Monster on the loose", genre of "B" movie making of the time. In every respect it's very much a product of the decade it was made in despite being released right on the tail end of the era that basically "invented", the teenager. By 1959-60 the gothic horrors dealing with Vampires and Wolfmen produced by the likes of Hammer Studios had largely replaced in popular appeal the 1950's Sci Fi/Horror dramas which usually involved some over sized creature, the result of misuse of atomic power, threatening mankind. Efforts such as "The Gila Monster", then were really the swansong for these type of monster films that had been so incredibly popular for the last decade. The title of this film is self explanatory but the film itself is interesting in that the "teenagers" in the story, just as in the classic "The Blob", are revealed as not the usual delinquents so often depicted in films of this era but instead as responsible and caring young people. The Gila Monster itself almost takes a secondary role here and is unfortunately rarely seen and underused and instead it's the human drama that keeps this story moving along. Front and centre to the action is the lead character played by good looking Don Sullivan, and while his character would appear to the cynical eye as being too good to be true he comes across in my belief as a very appealing character who makes this admittedly "B" level story much more interesting than it probably deserves to be.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. Meyer on May 3, 2008
Format: DVD
It's a very good (not excellent) episode of the show, and was substituted for GODZILLA VS. MEGALON in Rhino's "10.2" release of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COLLECTION VOL. 10. (Due to legal reasons. Sandy Frank, he's the source of all our pain...)

And there's a special bonus: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy and Frank Conniff have created a brief new sequence, explaining how to insert your DVD without upsetting copyright lawyers.

But most importantly, don't pay $35 for it. It's available directly from Rhino's web site for $7.95 + S&H.

Take it away, Cambot...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2004
Format: DVD
Don Sullivan (Teenage Zombies) is a small town mechanic and hotrod enthusiast in this scaly classic. Hoping to become the next Elvis, Sullivan's character begins crooning at any opportunity! His friends only serve as enablers for his heinous catterwalling! He really gets going when he serenades his little sister, while playing the infamous "banjo-lele". Meanwhile, a gargantuan gila monster is on a rampage of destruction. No model car or toy train is safe during the holocaust! Can our wacky teens defeat this tongue-flicking horror? Is their barn-dance doomed to cancelation? Will Don Sullivan ever stop singing? Watch as these and other mysteries are solved. Recommended for immature audiences (to which I happily belong)...
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