The Giant Gila Monster 1959

The Giant Gila Monster

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After a couple of teenagers go missing in a small Texas town, everyone assumes they've run off to the big city. But, when their bodies are found in a nearby creek, the sheriff (Fred Graham) is puzzled as to what could have killed them. Chase Winstead (Don Sullivan), the leader of a local hot rod group, agrees to help the sheriff, and together they discover evidence of a giant lizard roaming the desert. Soon the lizard is terrorizing the town, and only Chase can stop it before it's too late.

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Critic Reviews for The Giant Gila Monster

All Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for The Giant Gila Monster

  • May 18, 2016
    Creature feature cheapie with a few musical numbers and ridiculously campy story.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2013
    From the Blood Soaked Cinema Collection (12 Video's from Brentwood Home Video). As a monster movie, this is far from the best, but as a look at life in 50's rural Texas, it's top notch. The settings are authentic and realistic and the people talk like real people. Especially good is Fred Graham as the kind-hearted Sheriff...the opposite of the way most cops were portrayed in teen movies. Don Sullivan is not bad at all as hero Chase, a decent kid who just happens to love racing fast cars. With the exception of the rich Dad, everybody in the movie seems decent. As for our title monster, he's pretty sleepy looking, but I always thought Gila Monsters were pretty cool. The somber, eerie background music helps this one a lot. Speaking of which, some of Sullivan's singing is OK, but "Laugh, Little Children" should be taken out and shot. If the effects had matched the rest of the movie, it would have been a minor classic. As it is, it's a fun "time capsule" type movie. 3 1/2 stars 6-10-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    Incredibly dull creature feature from the 50's.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2010
    Yet another ridiculous "mutant creature" from the atomic age of horror. Painfully cheesy at times, but kinda fun if you aren't expecting much. Though I would only recomend it if you can see it as part of Elvira's Movie Macabre, with all of her "side notes" and commercial break "asides".
    Robert C Super Reviewer

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