Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
The movie opens with a young couple parked in a bleak, rural locale pondering their future, A giant gila monster attacks the car, sending the young couple running for their lives. Chase Winstead , a young mechanic and hot rod racer and his girl Lisa (Madeline Voges), meets up with Chase's former nemesis, Waco Bob (Jesse Janzen) and his sidekick Carla (Christina De Rosa). Prompted by calls from Mayor Wheeler (Gerard Pauwels) ,The local Sheriff (Terence Knox)enlists the help of Chase, a young mechanic and hot rod racer, locates the crashed car in the ravine and finds evidence of the giant lizard. They attempt to destroy the lizard, but that only emboldens it. The creature continues to prey on the small town. It starts to head for the Winstead homestead, However, Chase packs his prized hot rod with nitroglycerin and rigs it to speed straight into the monster, terminating the lizard in a fiery explosion and heroically saving the town
Top customer reviews
This movie is a remake or reimagining of the 'The Giant Gila Monster' released in 1959. Like the original, this movie was produced in Texas. The movie had a budget of just under a million dollars. I felt that it was quite good for the budget. Thus the 4 star rating.
I am a big fan of 1950's science fiction so I was interested in seeing if this was going to be a movie just using the name or a tribute movie or something else. It turns out that is really more of a reimagining of the original.
The setting is the same as in the original and in the same time period. Just like in the original, the main protaganist, Chase Winstead, has a hot rod and has a crippled sister. He is also friendly with the town sheriff. The climax of the movie is almost exactly the same as in the original. Not everything is the same though. For instance, there is no disc jockey and dance party.
The movie is taken seriously and there is very little comedy in it. To me that's what the difference is between this movie and most tribute movies. Most tribute movies usually poke fun at the original's. This one does not. They seemed to make an effort to make 'Gila' a serious movie. That is a positive as far as I'm concerned.
The monster itself is CGI whereas a real lizard was used in the original. The CGI monster is a bit cartoonish looking and could have been better but once again, the budget probably didn't allow for it. On the positive side, they did still manage to incorporate the actors into the scenes with 'Gila' and it looks as if some effort was put into that and it looks pretty good.
The acting is not bad and generally above average for a movie of this type. While the outfits and and hair styles aren't all late 50's style, they are still not bad and at least some effort on some of the actors was given to make them look 1950ish.
The original lead, Chase Winstead was played by Don Sullivan. Don Sullivan was also the star of another 1950's science fiction movie called 'The Monster of Piedras Blancas.' He was still alive at the time this movie was filmed and was a given a small part in it. I love when the old time actors are given parts in remakes of old science fiction movies. I think it would be better yet if they were given a bigger role.
Recommended for fans of the original 'The Giant Gila Monster.' Also recommended for fans of recently released low budget monster movies.
To reiterate, I give the movie 4 stars for the effort.
There were also lots of glitches in the timeline. In one scene there is a 1920's era phone, the old wooden box on the wall with only an earpiect for a receiver, and a microphone attached to the box on the wall. Then, in another scene there is an M-16 on the wall of a supposed gun collector with a WW II era private arsenal. I also caught a scene with a restored, and repainted 1955 Chevy, but the bubbles in the 60 year old window glass were obvious where it was delaminating with age.
Overall, I just loved this movie.
Spoiler alert: If you were looking for a serious 1950's style horror flick, with serious acting dialog, plot, realistic monster, and a genuine effort to be scary and realistic as sci-fi can get - this ain't that movie. Not what I was looking/hoping for, but very delightful diversion.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Science Fiction
- Movies & TV > Independently Distributed > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Tools & Home Improvement > Building Supplies > HVAC > Weatherproofing