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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Giant Gila Monster 2009 TV-PG

(10) IMDb 8.3/10

A "Giant Gila Monster" wreaks havoc.

Starring:
Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Jim Mallon
Starring Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Supporting actors Jim Mallon, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Alexandra Carr, Michael J. Nelson
Studio Shout Factory
MPAA rating TV-PG
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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As MST3k is sort of a show within a show within a movie concept, I think it is better to look at the individual parts of the episode in order to properly grade.

The Movie: A giant Gila monster attacks and ruins the lives of Chase (the hero whose French girlfriend might become a ward of the state in some backwards US town (huh?)); the police chief (who never collects evidence and whose jurisdiction must be a 1 x 1 block area); and "The Gang" (fun lovin' kids from the 50's who love their hotrods and that new fangled rock and roll). The special effects are exactly what you would expect (someone's pet Gila monster walking over Hot Wheels). The problem with this mediocre movie is that we never get to see the Gila monster (who should the real star of this movie) actually attack anything until the movie is about half way over. Instead the first half of the movie tries to cram in about 20 different subplots that really go nowhere.

Host Segments: Average segments at first. Things pick up when the bots ruin Joel's segment and then Joel ruins Tom's "Servo on Cinema". Note: Pay attention to the letter reading segment where a young reader makes an error when naming people. This error is later used by other characters (Wikipedia it to get the full story once you are done watching.)

Riffs: I was really worried about this movie as, except for the blocking jokes, the riffs were few and not really funny. But (just like the movie) the second half really picked up. Starting with the scene where Chase sings to his sister, the riffs start coming fast and funny.

Overall: This is one of those rare episodes where the riffing actually improves as the movie moves along. If you can make it to the halfway mark, this is actually a really good episode.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roochak on April 1, 2015
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Cross an Archie comic with a hot rod monster movie and you get one very strange (and riffworthy) slice of Americana. THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959) is the very definition of "so bad it's good," because it's got everything: dirt cheap special effects, heroic teenagers, a strangely elusive 70-foot monster, a comic drunk, a sheriff who never gets around to investigating crimes or warning the populace, incomprehensible Texan dialect, and, of course, rock 'n' roll ukelele!

There may be more obscure TV references in this episode than in any other, but the riffing is among the sharpest and funniest of the entire series. It's ninety minutes well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on July 22, 2013
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I remember this one from way back when first aired and how hard I laughed at the whole "prop your leg up" gag that ran all the way through and the Munster's Theme, too. It is still hysterical. Joel and the Bots still have the power to make horrible movies delightful. VERY happy with my purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Porcaro on July 30, 2011
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This movie is an absolute cheese-fest. The "Plan 9" quality of "effects" gets you laughing. Then add the MST3K Crew's riffing and you have an instant classic. One of my first MST3Ks and a great starting point in becoming a MSTie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By butterflygal3 on February 14, 2013
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This is a "teens save the day while grumpy rich guy points finger" monster fest. The skits are great and the riffing is perfect. Have been a MISTIE for 20+ years and they are still funny.
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