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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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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.Read more ›
"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).
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.Read more ›
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takes me back to my saturday mornings when I was a kid. wish this show would come back to the boob tubePublished on September 10, 2014 by Cassie E. Roach
Sharing the DVD with a co-woker and we both love it. Will buy more as time allows. Great stuff all around!Published on May 21, 2014 by Daryl O. Mitchell
Being a long time mstie (fan of mystery science theater), I love the episodes they have for this set, especially the timeless classic, "The Giant Spider Invasion. Read morePublished on February 14, 2014 by Rico
This MST3K Box Set is one of our favorites.
Giant Gila Monster is stupid, but the riffing is good.
Swamp Diamonds is funny in its stupidity... Read more
Had to get this for the Giant Spider Invasion because it was filmed in my home state, and a town I lived in for a bit. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by cind strowe
I bought this primarily for Teenage Strangler and Giant Spider Invasion. Those two are some of my favorites, but Swamp Diamonds and Giant Gila Monster are good episodes too. Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Sugar Magnolia
a X-mas present for my son and he was very happy with it, thank you MS3TK for the many hearty laughsPublished on February 7, 2013 by Winston E. Stakely
he loved it and has watched it over and over again with his family he is collecting them for nowPublished on December 17, 2012 by KMart
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