Film Detective awesomely follows up its (reviewed) offering of the arthouse Manson Family fauxumentary "The Other Side of Madness" and the unearthing of the (reviewed) "Mystery Science Theater 3000" fan fave ep "Eegah" with the separate January 19, 2021 DVD and FLAWLESS BD of 1958 cult classic "Giant From the Unknown."
This Richard E. Cunha joint has EVERY element that makes "six-day wonder" kiddie matinee scifi fare a no-reason-to-feel=guilty pleasure. We get the low-tech make-up, the bad acting, and the tried-and-true formula of a menacing monster. The successful blending of "Frankenstein," Sasquatch/Golem, and Indian (my people call them Native Americans) lore set this one apart from the movies that make MST3K a cult classic.
Our story begins with the townfolks of a quiet mountain community learning that the predator of livestock has moved on to mutilating the most dangerous game. Sheriff Parker (Bob Steele of '60scom "F Troop"), who is a menacing hybrid of Andy Taylor and Barney Fife, is ready to pin the crime on local scientific researcher Wayne Brooks.
Archaeologist Dr. Frederick Cleveland and daughter Janet arrive on the tense scene and soon connect with fanboy Wayne, The father-and-daughter team are engaged in their routine expedition to find prove that a larger-than-life Spanish conquistador visited the area 500 years ago and left his mark on the locals. Discovering that Wayne has laid much of their groundwork elates the pair.
The Frankenstein element enters the picture on a combination of the research trio making a major find and a lightning strike ending the centuries-long coma of the title creature (Max "Jethro" Baer, Jr. uncle Buddy Baer).
Of course, the ensuing action commences with the creature gradually making his presence increasingly known and raising the stakes by capturing the "beauty" of the piece. This leads to several wonderfully cheesy confrontations complete with clearly fabricated boulders. The climax shows that all this ballyhoo is water under the bridge.
Ballyhoo Films once more demonstrates its special beautiful friendship with Detective as to the DVD and BD bonus features.
A present-day interview with Gary Crutcher, who portrays stock-character doofus teens boy Charlie Brown, provides amusing insight into both "Giant" and the career of Crutcher. We learn of the growing pains as to "Giant" being the film debut of Crutcher, Crutcher also shares behind-the-scenes stories of a snow storm that is a blessing and a curse and his being content with netting $10 for his six-days of work on the film.
A separate feature in which film historian C. Courtney Joyner shares his thoughts focuses on the bigger picture. We learn of the pedigree of several principals in front-of and behind-the-camera as well as other true Hollywood stories.
A written essay fills in more blanks that offer a great perspective on this timeless B-movie.