Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE GIANT GILA MONSTER
October 15, 2015 12:56 AM - Season 4, Episode 2 - Subscribe

"Only Hell Could Breed Such An Enormous Beast...Only God Could Destroy It!" A giant lizard attacks cars in the countryside, and the sheriff is too inept to do anything about it. No, it's not up to got God, but a local teenager with an exploding car to resolve the problem. This movie was released in theaters as a double-bill with THE KILLER SHREWS, riffed in episode 407. The two movies were both directed by Ray Kellogg, and the movies have many similarities, including the same opening narrator and frequent use of "leg up" blocking. As episodes go, this is a standard 50s-era sci-fi flick, but the riffing's pretty sharp on this one! This kind of movie is a natural for the show. YouTube (1h34m) Premiered June 6, 1992.

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IMDB (3.3 stars)
"A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature."
Directed by Ray Kellogg. Written by him and Jay Simms. Starring Don Sullivan, Fred Graham and Lisa Simone.
posted by JHarris (7 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It's business as usual for MST3K Club this week, the movie will show tonight (Thursday) at 9 PM Eastern time at as usual. And here is the Club FAQ, with details of the show.
posted by JHarris at 1:41 AM on October 15, 2015

I had been considering a double-feature this week with the other episode we've had to skip, but I'm going to be out of town Friday so it might be best to hold off on that a week or two.
posted by JHarris at 1:43 AM on October 15, 2015

I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing.
posted by wittgenstein at 3:48 AM on October 15, 2015 [3 favorites]

I tautologize whenever I tautologize whenever I tautologize. Except when I don't.

I have a deep abiding fondness for this episode. I also feel like it's gotta be in the top 3 of good starter episodes for newbies.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 5:37 AM on October 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

*puts foot up on top of JHarris' head*
*leans forward, rests arms crossed on knee*

"What's all this about a double feature?"
posted by valkane at 4:32 PM on October 15, 2015 [1 favorite]

More like the giant knee-la monster am I right

Also, apparently I missed the JHarris appreciation thread from MetaTalk a few days ago, so I wrote him a theme song.
posted by ilana at 9:04 AM on October 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

This is the only episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 I was ever able to watch during the original run.

That was quite the magical train, taking 4 different forms before plunging into that shallow ditch.
posted by ckape at 10:14 PM on February 15, 2017

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