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The Giant Gila Monster

When I was younger, Channels 9 and 11 in New York used to show monster movies on Thanksgiving weekend. In that spirit, we offer you The Giant Gila Monster in which “a teenage hot rodder and his buddies meet a large lizard that devours trees.”

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7 Comments on The Giant Gila Monster

  1. Interesting indeed. But the trouble is that the Gila monster is not visible to us allover the world. It is there only in the US. Can you upload the video into Youtube or something so we can also watch.



  2. Ah, fond memories of the Thanksiving movie fests (especially King Kong and the sequel and Mighty Joe Young, Babes in Toyland and of course the annual viewing of Wizard of Oz)!


    I also have fond memories of Chiller Theatre (Saturday nights) and ABC 7’s 4:30 Movie with their SF week, monster week and the like.

  3. The MST3K version of Giant Gila monster is even better!


  4. Bill Spangler // November 29, 2008 at 8:12 am //

    Yeah, I still miss the Godzilla films on the old WOR , the day after Thanksgiving.  For a while, Crazy Eddie sponsored the movies and one year, the announcer did a commercial in mime, wearing a Godzilla mask and claws.

  5. Crazy Eddie?  His prices were insaaaaaaaaannnnnne!

  6. I recall that the commercial in question was aired during a WOR Thanksgiving airing of “Godzilla”, and not “The Giant Gila Monster”.  One would hope that the thing turns up on the Internet…

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