The Giant Gila Monster
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In The Giant Gila Monster, most of the plot is given over to a group of hot-rod enthusiasts, headed by nice-guy Chace Winstead (Don Sullivan), who sometimes breaks into song. Before long, the titular gila monster, which is just that -- a real gila monster -- is lumbering about on miniaturized sets terrorizing the community, killing at random, knocking over trains and barns, and in general making a nuisance of itself. When the monster threatens to devour Chace's kid sister, he attempts to dispatch the beast with a hot rod full of nitroglycerin. The Giant Gila Monster was originally released… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The desolate desert imagery combined with Jack Marshall's creepy score make for a sporadically transfixing experience."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Cheesy effects, slimy monster."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"this is the kind of movie where simple continuity between day and night proves to be a problem"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Has a real-life lizard (looking as disinterested as hell!) harassing scale models . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"made on a shoestring budget and it shows; bad blend of teenagers, rock music and silly lizard on patently faked sets."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Camp value is provided by a truckload of 1950s B-movie cliches and dreadful song breaks -- "The Gila Monster Crawl" among other "rock & roll hits" -- by its lead, Don Sullivan, who through this movie rose from nothing to complete obscurity."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"An essential bad movie."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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