The Milpitas Monster
from The Milpitas Monster
(US-1975; dir. Robert L. Burrill)
“Fifty tons of living trash on a rampage!”
Here’s one insane little indie monster flick that has stood the test of time! The Milpitas Monster is a giant creature formed from pollution that rises up to go on a rampage and generally bring destruction to the town of Milpitas. The beastie is utterly weird, yet somehow curiously intriguing. As a pile of living trash, it isn’t what you might have expected. Virtually a “home movie” made by the town folk of Milpitas in California, The Milpitas Monster is a satiric comedy throwback to the creature features of the 1950s. Director Burrill was a teacher of photography at the local high school and somehow he managed to convince local residents, businesses and school students to offer up their time, resources and money to make the film, with a giant monster created via both man-in-a-suit technology and stop-motion techniques.
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