Giant from the Unknown (1958)

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A very large, degenerate, Spanish conqueror is freed from suspended animation by lightning and goes on a killing spree in a small town.



  • Morris Ankrum and Ed Kemmer in Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • Buddy Baer and Jolene Brand in Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • Buddy Baer, Jolene Brand, and Sally Fraser in Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • Morris Ankrum, Buddy Baer, Jolene Brand, Sally Fraser, Ed Kemmer, and Bob Steele in Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • Buddy Baer in Giant from the Unknown (1958)
  • Morris Ankrum and Buddy Baer in Giant from the Unknown (1958)

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25 October 2000 | mord39
No Big Deal
RATING: *1/2 out of ****

Director Cunha's first of four drive-in "horror classics" is merely typical, and not a big deal. It's about a trio of expeditionists unearthing an infamous 6' 6" Spanish Conquistador who promptly picks up his axe and stalks around the woods for a while.

Ed Kemmer makes a likeable leading man, and Sally Fraser is the standard helpless heroine. Morris Ankrum seems hesitant to deliver his lines, and the film is sprinkled with enough silly acting to make it endurable for a single viewing.

The film falls short with the title character; a helmeted tall man with dirt and mud on his face just doesn't terrify me. It's one of the last makeups done by genius artist Jack Pierce (famous for his timeless Wolf Man and Frankenstein designs for Universal), and not one of his best efforts. The giant does little during the time he's onscreen, and is disappointing.

The best film director Cunha made in the genre - and required viewing for any fifties monster fan - is FRANKENSTEIN'S DAUGHTER.

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