Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bite Into Charles Chiodo's Gila! Remake Concept Art

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - by Maurice Mitchell 2

Living in Arizona, I've seen a lot of native animals. I've seen roadrunners chase down lizards. I've watched javelinas leading their kids down the street. I've even lived in a place infested by scorpions.

Thankfully, I've never come face to face with a Gila monster.

The low budget remake of the 50s giant monster movie The Giant Gila Monster (1959) wants to change that.

Directed by Jim Wynorski (Curse of the Komodo, Komodo vs. Cobra, Dinocroc vs. Supergator) and starring Ex-Playboy Playmate Julie McCullough (2012: Ice Age), Terence Knox (Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice), and Matt Austin (“Power Rangers S.P.D.”).

Concept art from the film has shown up thanks to Undead Backbrain. The illustrations are from Charles Chiodo the man co-created the classic horror film Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988) and the art director for Team America: World Police.

I like the idea and the illustrations are suitably creepy. The color is great and I love the textures on the monster. Too bad there's no scale so we can see how big the lizard is going to be.


In an interview with Famous Monsters of Filmland (one of my favorite magazines as a kid) Wynorski said what we can expect from the monster.

As for the titular beastie, Wynorski was careful not to revisit the approach taken in the original, where an actual gila monster was shot over miniatures and inserted via overlay. “There are no practicals. I don’t want to hurt any animals. In the original they were forcing that poor little gila monster through the balsa wood wall he goes through at the dance and stuff, and I think with today’s CG we can do better and not hurt any animals.” The creature is reportedly sleeker, more agile, and will be more of a mutant than the cute lizard in the original.


You can read more about Charles Chiodo at http://www.chiodobros.com.

What do you think of the art? Would you want to run onto him In a dark alley?

Source: Undead Backbrain

About the Author

Maurice Mitchell
Lover of science fiction and art.

2 comments:

  1. Hey one question- are roadrunners blue, go really fast & go "beep, beep" ? :P *goes to google how a real roadrunner looks like*

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  2. The weird is coyotes keep trying to drop anvils on them.

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