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Saturday SciFi – The Giant Gila Monster

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This Saturday we bring you the 1959 “Gearhead Gangster Makes Good” monster flick, “The Giant Gila Monster.”  Directed by Ray Kellogg who also brought us “The Killer Shrews” and, oddly, “The Green Berets.” and was ubiquitous as the visual director for 20th Century Fox films throughout the late 40s, 50s and 60s.  Starring a cast of never-be’s with the dubious help of Fred “The Typecast Sheriff” Graham whose appearances in dozens of movies and TV shows remains unnoticed, to this day.

A typical tale about a teen drag-racer, auto-mechanic and secretly-responsible young citizen appropriately named Chase, who saves a typical small Southwest burg from the hell resulting from radioactive experiments! This film is an awesome mashup of the 50s two favorite film tropes, the “Teen Rebel” and “Radioactive Monster” with a French foreign-exchange student and polio-suffering younger sister, thrown in for good measure.

Get out your Cheese-Goggles, pop some corn, sit back and enjoy!

Note: Sorry for the light posting, I was on a sabbatical to the woods, for some time away from people.

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  • dayanmao

    Great, thanks for this. There’s nothing like cheesy, horror/monster flicks. The first movie I remember going to was when my father took me to see (I was a tyke) King Kong vs. Godzilla.

    • Unkawillbur

      KK v G was a great piece of cheesy cinema. Just watched it again a few years ago, as part of a “cheesy SciFi A Day” project I did (for 5 years!)

      These old B flicks are just so wonderfully simple and out front, they’re the equivalent, for me, of reading a Tarzan, or Barsoom book. Or maybe like having a “mini” candy bar. 🙂

      • dayanmao

        I really love monster movies, they’re far and few between. Two good ones, though done a few years ago were The Host and Troll Hunter.

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