The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
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A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster. No longer content to forage in the desert, the giant lizard begins chopming on motorists and train passengers before descending upon the town itself. Only Chase Winstead, a quick-thinking mechanic, can save the town from being wiped out.
Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!
Title: Giant Gila Monster, The
Release Date: June 25, 1959
Runtime: 74 mins
All Genres: Horror
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 2.8
Buried.com Rating: 3.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: Approved
Don Sullivan ...Chase Winstead
Fred Graham ...Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...Lisa
Shug Fisher ...Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ...Mr. Wheeler
Janice Stone ...Missy Winstead
Ken Knox ...Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon ...Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy ...Gordy
Cecil Hunt ...Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows ...Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware ...Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves ...Rick
Jan McLendon ...Jennie
Jerry Cortwright ...Bob
Beverly Thurman ...Gay
Clarke Browne ...Chuck
Grady Vaughn ...Pat Wheeler
Desmond Doogh ...Hitchhiker
Ann Sonka ...Whila
yolanda Salas ...Liz Humphries
Jim Andrews ...Extra
Patricia Simmons ...Sherry
Angus G. Wynne III ...Dumb teen
"The Mushroom Song"
"My Baby, She Rocks"
"I Ain't Made That Way"
More Movie Taglines:
- Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!
- Sheriff Jeff: Have you heard the reports of a "giant lizard"? Mr. Wheeler: Yes, but it's just not possible. Sheriff Jeff: Well, why not? There have been giants before!
Chase Winstead: Where's Pat and Liz? Bob: Maybe their car broke down? Chase Winstead: Hey! I worked on that car myself! Bob: That wouldn't make any difference if he goofed the speed shift or something! Chase Winstead: And that squirrel is just the one that could do it!
Sheriff Jeff: *What* did you hit him with? Chase Winstead: My brand new, 100% completed hot rod. Sheriff Jeff: You'd have had to start in the next county to get up enough momentum to do that to him. Chase Winstead: Not with 4 quarts of nitro glycerin riding with me. Mr. Wheeler: You drove across that rough field carrying nitro? Chase Winstead: Yes sir! Sheriff Jeff: Do you realize what could have happened? Chase Winstead: It did. I lost my car! Sheriff Jeff: Don't worry about that, the railroad will be *glad* to buy you a new one.
Mr. Wheeler: I guess with Compton gone Chase is out of a job. Sheriff Jeff: That's right. Mr. Wheeler: Make it a point to send him around to see me in the morning. Sheriff Jeff: I'll *bring* him around!
- Ken Knox, who plays disc jockey Horatio Alger "Steamroller" Smith, was a real disc jockey working at radio stations in Texas owned by Gordon McLendon, the uncredited executive producer of this film.
This was one of two features produced by an independent company in Texas and meant for release as a double feature. The other feature was The Killer Shrews (1959). Unlike many such features produced in the South, these films received national distribution.
The "Gila Monster" in the movie is actually a Mexican Beaded Lizard.
Gordon McLendon, who owned a number of radio stations and theaters in Texas, was the uncredited executive producer and financier of this film. Some members of the McLendon family were given roles in this film.
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