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32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 5: Giant Gila Monster (Two Ways!)

Giant Gila Monster

The movie poster for The Giant Gila Monster presents what could be construed as an interesting bit of philosophical or religious speculation. You wouldn’t think a film from the man who also brought you The Killer Shrews would be up for that, but hey, sometimes you never know.

The poster states: “Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast…only God could destroy it!” First of all, and not to spoil the ending for you, but a giant Hand of God a la Stephen King’s The Stand does not appear to save the town being menaced by the titular giant reptile, as that poster might seem to promise. But most importantly, it seems to beg the question: “Could God create a gila monster so ginormous and indestructible that he himself could not destroy it?” For future reading on this subject, Heraclitus wrote an entire diatribe along those lines.

But we digress. Tonight’s film, the 1959 giant reptile classic, is viewable two ways. First, the regular film by itself. The second, and perhaps more palatable, the MST3K-enhanced version.