Leaping lizards! Known for her sassy portrayals in such cult classics as Night of the Comet, Chopping Mall and Zero Boys, genre goddess Kelli Maroney was, smartly, hired by director (and frequent collaborator) Jim Wynorski to appear in 2012’s low budget, truly fun Gila!, a film that chronicles the mass destruction that occurs when a green scaled monster goes on a rampage, during the holiday season, in a small town.
A revamp of the 1959 drive-in staple The Giant Gila Monster, Gila!, which recently screened at G-FEST 2015 in Chicago, is filmed with boundless enthusiasm by Wynorski, who, seemingly, adores the source material.
Thankfully, on what was surely a quick shoot, Wynorski is aided here by such performing veterans as Maroney, Don Sullivan (the original film’s lead), Julie McCullough and Terence Knox.
Maroney, naturally, shines the brightest, giving her Officer Wilma a charm and saucy outlook that radiates on-screen. Whether sweetly defying Knox’s Sherriff, flirting with the handsome male lead or (spoiler alert) meeting her demise in a very tongue and cheek way, Maroney is a scene stealer.
But, no surprise there, right?
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!