The Giant Gila Monster was filmed back-to-back with another classic of the "Oh my God I can't believe they made a movie this bad" series, The Killer Shrews. One can only wonder what the production crew, the same on both films, made of all their efforts. Unlike the Killer Shrew movie, the production crew could use a real lizard for their film, rather than resorting to greyhounds, with a rug thrown over them. Cool! The Giant Gila Monster, coming as it did at the tail end of the monster movie cycle, didn't have the time or budget to do anything out of the ordinary. On the contrary, it wanted to hit its target market at the earliest possible moment. The target audience? Well, it was made up of monster movie fans, teenagers feeling angst at living in small towns, teenagers who are into hog-diggity rock and roll, teenagers into fast cars, and parents who could well do with a lesson in understanding that not all teenagers have dates with Mary Warnar. The movie pretty much starts with a killing, with our unfriendly Gila Monster, sorry, GIANT Gila Monster runs a car off the road, killing two teenagers. Why must it always be the young innocents amongst us who suffer? It takes quite some time before the authority in the town - and yes, I deliberately kept that singular, and not plural - comes to terms with an inevitable fact - a Giant Gila Monster is on the loose! Of course, this movie isn't simply a reflection of crazy teens and their explosive corgi toys. No sir. This movie also includes plenty of drink driving, and all of it by adults. Not to mention, none of it goes punished, and in fact, it's treated as quite the hoot. You see, every time someone drinks and drives, they see giant lizards. Time for a sleep methinks. Even the authority doesn't mind people drinking and driving much, I guess that's what made Texas great. That's about all there is to say about this giant monster movie, this Giant Gila Monster movie. There's plenty of what could pass as action if you downed a few beers, squinted, and stuck a needle into your arm at ten minute intervals. Toy cars get set on fire, Lizards trample twigs and drunk drivers get their comeuppance (they wake up in strange places and don't know how they got there). A longer, more complete review - with screenshots AND SUPER-DUPER EXCLUSIVE SONG FROM The Giant Gila Monster in MP3 format: Go to this place here.