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Giant Gila Monster (1959)

aka Giant Gila Monster

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Details: 74 mins · English


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No_movie_poster Chase Winstead
No_movie_poster Sheriff Jeff
No_movie_poster Lisa
Small Old Man Harris
No_movie_poster Mr. Wheeler
No_movie_poster Missy Winstead
No_movie_poster Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
No_movie_poster Mom Winstead
No_movie_poster Gordy
No_movie_poster Mr. Compton
No_movie_poster Agatha Humphries
No_movie_poster Ed Humphries
No_movie_poster Rick
No_movie_poster Jennie
No_movie_poster Bob


No_movie_poster Jay Simms Screenplay
No_movie_poster Ray Kellogg Director
No_movie_poster Ken Curtis Production
No_movie_poster Ray Kellogg Writer


The movie opens with a young couple parked in a bleak, rural locale overlooking a ravine. A giant gila monster attacks the car, sending it into the ravine and killing the couple. Later, some friends of the couple decide to assist the local sheriff (Fred Graham) in his search for the missing teens. Chase Winstead (Don Sullivan), a young mechanic and hot rod racer, locates the crashed car in the ravine and finds evidence of the giant lizard. However, it is only when the hungry reptile attacks a train (a model train set substituted as a low-budget effect) that the authorities realize they are dealing with a (roughly) 70-foot poisonous lizard. By this time, emboldened by its attacks and hungry for prey, the creature attacks the town. It makes straight for the local dance hall where all the teenagers had gathered for a sock hop. 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.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2002-08-13