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The Giant Gila Monster

Released 1959
Distributor McLendon-Radio Pictures

Not all 50s monster pix came from Hollywood–some were regionally produced on miniscule budgets, like this minor entry in the enlarged varmint sweepstakes, slavishly following the misunderstood teens vs.clueless adult authority formula pioneered at AIP. The monster blows up real good, though. GILA, Jim Wynorski’s 2012 remake of this public domain chestnut, debuts on video in April.

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About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New BatchInnerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The HowlingPiranhaMatineeThe ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in ActionThe Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police SquadAmazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, IndianaCSI: NYHawaii 5-0Witches of East EndLegends of Tomorrow and Salem. His most recent big screen credit is an episode of the anthology film Nightmare Cinema. Joe is also the frequent co-host of Trailers From Hell’s official podcast, The Movies That Made Me, available everywhere podcasts are streamed and downloaded!