Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

How bad is it? It's one of the worse teenagers and monsters films from the 1950's.
Should you see it? Yes.

Fun fact: gila monsters defend themselves by squirting blood out of their eyes; that would've been cool to add to this film. Instead, we get the most innocent teenage hot-rodder in movie history as the hero. As people go missing, the sheriff investigates and it all comes down to a teen to save the day, after he sings a song and tries to get a French girl with a very thick accent to drink from a puddle. The monster is never back-projected, so never shares the screen with its victims and all violence is off camera. The most amazing thing about this film is the blocking of scenes - once you notice that the sheriff always puts his foot up on an object to look casual, you'll see him looking for things to put his foot on.

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