Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 02 The Giant Gila Monster
🎶Hava nagila, hava giant-gila!🎶

Film watched: The Giant Gila Monster

The movie was included in the 10th volume of Rhino Video's collections of the series, replacing Godzilla vs. Megalon after the rights to release that film were lost.

The MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: A letter read by Joel has Crow labeled Art, which became his nickname given by Pearl.
  • The Alcoholic: Discussed as a comic device and parodied; when Crow and Servo begin to do impressions of their favorite "types" of funny drunks, such as "the 'I love you' guy" or "the party animal", they quickly go to much darker places than they intended (breaking down sobbing and having a stroke, respectively). Joel eventually realizes the segment might have accidentally turned into an after-school special.
    • During the film: "Who put soda pop in my soda pop?!"
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Servo loses it during one of Chase's songs:
    Servo: "Shut up! Shut up! SHUT UUUUPPPPP!"
  • Coincidental Broadcast: Joel's Invention Exchange is a radio that plays nothing but these.
  • Got Me Doing It
    Joel, as the Gila Monster: Sing whenever I sing whenever I oh, now I'm doing it!
  • I'll Kill You!: When Chase is singing to his sister:
    Crow: (through gritted teeth as the sister) "I'm gonna kill him!"
  • Informed Attribute: Joel takes the monster's size to be this:
    Joel: (as the gila monster) "Oh, I'm big, I'm big, there's just no way to describe how incredibly huge I am..."
  • Running Gag:
    • Making explosion noises every time the hero's jalopy visibly jumps while chasing the Giant Gila Monster with a load of nitroglycerine.
    • Singing the theme to The Munsters when a jalopy appears.
    • References to that stupid "Sing Whenever I Sing" ('My Baby She Rocks') song.
    • Joel's imitation of the titular lizard with that "BLBLBLAAAHHHH" noise.
    • And all that jazz about "SKID MARKS."
    • Something is always out of the sheriff's jurisdiction.
    • The sheriff being basically useless.
    • That stupid Captain Morgan Pose that J&TBs calling the movie out on it.
    • The French girl & Jerry Lewis movie references.
    • Chase having his crazy mother chained in the shed.
  • Shout-Out: Just before the car crashes into the Gila monster: