Monday, July 12, 2010

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Now that I have returned from my trip to Phoenixville and the annual celebration of the classic movie the Blob at Blobfest, it was time to relax. After hanging out and talking with some horror hosts (old and new), I was left craving some more of the movies from the classic era of horror and sci-fi cinema. With that in mind, I broke down and re-watched the Giant Gila Monster!

Plot/ A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped until their bodies are found in a ravine. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend, Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang for help. A series of tragic motor accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and depleting the town of its hot-rodding teen-agers and might have plans on attending the record-hop party.

To me, this is a classic example of what a b-monster movie with ridiculous dialogue and dismal special effects is all about! This film has everything it needs to have to be entertaining. Yes, I know this film is bad; the monster is nothing more than a lizard on the ground with some miniature trucks, cars, buildings, and even a train. I know the acting is sub par and script is second rate. Yet, this movie has a draw and is full of heart and actually attempts to be a bit more than the typical entry of the day and that is what makes it so entertaining.

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1 comment:

  1. This one's a lot of fun! I love the train scene, and the bit when he pokes his head in the building! THey were very resourceful when you keep in mind the limitations the effects people had back then!