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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10.2 (Giant Gila Monster / Swamp Diamonds / Teenage Strangler / Giant Spider Invasion)


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Four more episodes of sharp and joyfully painful lunacy aboard the Sattelite Of Love with Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow. 4 disc set.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Nelson, Joel Hodgson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC, Color, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 370 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012CJR04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10.2 (Giant Gila Monster / Swamp Diamonds / Teenage Strangler / Giant Spider Invasion)" on IMDb

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Valnastar VINE VOICE on January 15, 2008
Format: DVD
Unfortunately, the original version of this volume 10 collection was put out of print by rights issues over the Godzilla movie included in it. However, another giant mutated reptile has stepped in to take Godzilla's place, so with help from The Giant Gila Monster, here comes MST3K Collection Volume 10.2! Here is a bit of information about each episode:

402- GIANT GILA MONSTER

Ray Kellogg, who also directed, "The Killer Shrews" and co-directed "The Green Berets", directed this 1959 black-and-white monster-on-the-loose film. It stars Don Sullivan as a young heroic singing automobile mechanic named Chase Winstead who must battle the giant lizard of the title as well as the prejudice of a cantankerous codger who thinks he's up to "no good". Meanwhile, he helps a lot of people throughout the story no matter what adversity comes his way, including his immigrant girlfriend and his physically disabled sister. Think of this as "Killer Shrews" with more likeable characters and slightly less drinking or "The Creeping Terror" without the carpet monster but still plenty of creeping.

This movie is yet another in a long line of cheap monster films produced in the 1950s that feature a supposedly oversized version of an otherwise normal creature as the monster. The special effects in the film are quite poor and it is painfully obvious throughout the film that the monster is a normal Gila monster crawling extremely slowly over miniature sets. The dialogue is naïve and ridiculous and the pace of the film is as slow as the starring creature. The direction also involves a lot of actors putting a leg up on something, whatever happens to be around in the middle of the shot, a fact that supplies the MST3K writers with endless jokes throughout this film, including an entire host segment.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zillamon51 on January 14, 2008
Format: DVD
A little over a year ago, The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection - Volume 10 was pulled from store shelves because of rights issues with one of the included films, "Godzilla vs. Megalon." Rhino Home Video is re-releasing the set as The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection - Volume 10.2, with "The Giant Gila Monster" (episode 402) replacing Godzilla. Also included in this 4-disc set will be: "Swamp Diamonds" (episode 503, w/ short "What To Do On A Date"), "Teenage Strangler" (episode 514, w/ short "Is This Love?"), and "The Giant Spider Invasion" (episode 810), all carried over from Vol. 10. New extras on Vol. 10.2 include: A new short sketch featuring early series regulars Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and J. Elvis Weinstein concerning this whole mess, and comments from Gila Monster star (and singer of the infamous "Mushroom Song") Don Sullivan. Assuming the original three discs remain unchanged, other extras will include the MST3K Video Jukebox, and outtakes. (From Digital Monster Island dot com.)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bob Canada on February 5, 2008
Format: DVD
C'mon guys, settle down. If you were one of the lucky few (like me) who bought the original Volume 10, there's no reason to rebuy this set just to get Giant Gila Monster. All you have to do it go to the Rhino website and you can order the single version of GGM for under $8.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Stobie on May 24, 2008
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I loved all the movies in this boxset, but I have a special tie to "Teenage Strangler". It was shot in my hometown of Huntington, West Virginia (same place "We Are Marshall" was shot) and this movie made it's world premire in Huntington in the 90's if I remember correctly (as if it deserved that). The scene at the beginning, where the girls first stop running, where there's a black stairwell, is the first apartment my wife ever got. Seeing all the places from my hometown always gives me a warm feeling. However, the piece de resistance from Teenage Strangler is Mikey. You can hate this movie all you want, but Mikey's unintentionally HILARIOUS presence makes it all worth while.

"Swamp Diamonds" is the stinker in the pact. I can't remember if this is a Roger Corman production or not, but the shoddy production would be a giveaway. The only other Roger Corman movie I've seen (unfortunately) that is worse than this is his version of the Fantastic Four. Ugh.

I haven't seen the Giant Gila Monster movie yet, but "The Giant Spider Invasion" movie is horribly funny, especially Alan Hale playing an actor trying to pay his rent by playing a sheriff. Oh, it's bad. Wonderfully negative stereotypes of country folk to (yes I am being sarcastic).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jorge A. Zarco on June 10, 2011
Format: DVD
My copy of this Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 10 DVD set has a Godzilla movie. For copyright reasons, I presume, it's been swapped with a copy of the 1959 B-movie The Giant Gila Monster. Two episodes are from the Comedy Central era and two are from the Sci-Fi/SyFy Channel era.

The Giant Spider Invasion(1975): This is a low budget sci-fi/horror film from the 70's. The filmmakers are honest about the fact that they're competing with Jaws(1975). Director Bill Rebane did a decent job making the film with very little money and resources. Intergalactic spiders prey on the citizens of a small town and scientists and the military try to fight back. The filmmakers weren't sure if they should make a straight-forward horror film or a comedy. We get a mish-mash of the two! Alan Hale Jr. cracks a bunch of unfunny jokes in the film. This film uses a lot of 1970's stock music. Poor, sexy Leslie Parrish(The Manchurian Candidate, Star Trek, Mannix) is stuck playing an unappealing woman! There's a Buggles music video that explodes in a backyard! The Giant Spider Invasion is so bad, it's good.

Teenage Strangler(1964): This independent B-movie came and went from movie theaters. It's Psycho(1960) meets West Side Story(1962). MST3K saved it from an oblivion. The nerdy, wimpy Mikey has a cult following! There's a skit where Mike Nelson is brainwashed into acting like Mikey("I'm sorry, Betty! You gotta come home, Jimmy! He didn't steal no bike, neither!").
Ben Parker directed(no, not Spiderman's uncle). A teenage girl sees her friend killed by a man in the shadows. The police chase a gang member who might be the serial killer, but they're chasing the wrong man. There's a woman in the film who seems to be filled with joy that she's acting in a movie.
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