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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.

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 Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.