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Jan042012

'The Giant Gila Monster' is being remade - Is this the beginning of a B-Movie comeback?

Typically, news of a movie remake is met with incredulous expressions and moans of “Why?” or “How could they mess with a classic?”. Every so often, however, a movie is not just worthy of, but entitled to having its story told more than once. That, I believe, is the case with The Giant Gila Monster.

Originally released in 1959, shot in black and white on a budget of less than $200,000, and featuring a real live gila monsterThe Giant Gila Monster is regarded as a B-movie creature feature, with a 3/10 rating on IMDB. Ouch. It logically seems like there’s nowhere to go but up, but keep in mind that the original flick used a real lizard. Over 50 years later, it’s not farfetched to believe that the remake will employ CGI or some other such modern tricks. Maybe it’s just me, but the authenticity of the monster means a lot in terms of terror.

Undead Backbrain reports that the remake will be shot in color and set in the 1950s. A movie of this stature requires more than one director, so Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall) and Tony Randel (Hellbound: Hellraiser II). Stars include a Chopping Mall star Kelli Maroney (Google her and tell yourself she’s playing a sheriff. It’s fun), Julie McCullough (Playboy), Terence Knox (Children of the Corn II), and a few other little known actors.

With several other similar projects in development, including a remake of The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Swarm, and Swamp Thing (in 3D), it might be prudent to keep an eye on B-movie remakes (The Evil Deadexcluded, of course).  There’s always a chance of stumbling upon cinematic gold. King Kong (2005) made some money, didn’t it?

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