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Really Awful Movies: Ep 171 – The Giant Gila Monster

The Giant Gila Monster is not only a 1959 monster movie, there’s a sci fi component too. And hell, it’s a hot rod juvenile delinquent flick too.

The Giant Gila Monster was directed by Ray Kellogg and produced by Ken Curtis.

It’s a decidedly low-budget affair, meant to be an accompaniment to the equally less-than-spectacular The Killer Shrews (another Ken Curtis production), a film perhaps best known for being sent up on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The film stars failed matinee idol Don Sullivan, a veteran of several low budget monster and zombie films, and Lisa Simone, the French contestant for Miss Universe of 1957 (who had zero acting chops), as well as “comic relief” of Shug Fisher and KLIF disc jockey Ken Knox.

The effects included a live Mexican beaded lizard (not an actual Gila monster) filmed on a scaled-down model landscape.

A drive-in cash-in, the film is a pretty good example of the kind of creature feature the 1950s were famous for.

In our discussion of the film on the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we delve into 50s sensibilities, the singing abilities of Don Sullivan (and the infamous Mushroom Song), our total inability to speak Spanish (which we butcher like a hog), language use, and of course, spinning platters.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 153 – Slugs

slugs-film-posterSlimy slimy slugs.

Slugs is a gross-out 1988 Spanish/American co-production.

People are dying due to mysterious causes, and naturally, because this is an eco-horror, there is a lone voice of reason calling for action (who’s being summarily ignored).

It’s surprisingly gory for a nature-run-amok horror. Or maybe not so surprising. After all, this was directed by J. Piquer Simon, the Spaniard responsible for the inane and hilarious jigsaw slasher, Pieces. That movie had a chainsaw, kung fu, and Christopher George (City of the Living Dead), which automatically means it’s must-see material.

Slugs is as well, only because its kills are so glorious and over-the-top. Sure the stuff in between is a let-down, but the slimy set-pieces and gore make it eminently watchable.

We love Animal Attack / Nature Run Amok movies here on the Really Awful Movies Podcast. We’ve discussed The Nest, Shakma, Monkey Shines, Roar, you name it…