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The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

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The tranquility of a small Texas town is ruined when an enormous rear-projection lizard begins to terrorize the place! At first, the adults dismiss the kids' hysterics as nonsense. The sheriff is helpless and the adults fail miserably to defeat the thing, … see full wiki

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So BAD it's...just bad!!!

  • Dec 20, 2003
As we all know, some bad movies (PLAN NINE being the example always trotted out) are so bad that they are actually fun. Their crudity, or cluelessness or sheer incompetence make them worthwhile. THE GIANT GILA MONSTER almost makes it to this status, but alas, falls short due to some indefinable quality that takes it from camp to just plain boring.

Perhaps the main problem is that we just don't see enough of the monster. In this small Texas town, the kids seem to have more interest in listenin' to that good ole rock 'n' roll! And the rock songs are simply wretched...and too many. More monster...less music!! That's what this movie needs.

The special effects, such as they are, are below average for this time period, but not far enough below (a la ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN) to make them a laugh riot. They're just obvious. And I'm sorry, but a Gila Monster isn't a terribly threatening beast. It's not quite as silly as a KILLER SHREW, though, so again, the movie fails to reach true camp status.

Students of what bad early rock 'n' roll could be, as conceived by Hollywood B-listers might get some amusement from this film...but if you like the old '50s monster movies, this ain't the one to hunt down.

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