The Milpitas Monster

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The Milpitas Monster
Directed byRobert L. Burrill
Written byDavid E. Boston
StarringPaul Frees
Doug Hagdahl
Krazy George Henderson
Bill Guest
Priscilla House
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Milpitas Monster is a horror/sci-fi/thriller film created in 1973–1976, directed by Robert L. Burrill. The monster was created by environmental pollution.


When a landfill is overfull, and pollution reaches its maximum, a monster is born. Made from garbage, and bearing a resemblance to a giant fly, the Milpitas Monster has an uncontrollable desire to consume large quantities of garbage cans. Some high school students find out about the monster and attempt to destroy it.


  • It was released on DVD with the alternative title "The Mutant Beast".
  • The movie was filmed by, stars, and was written by high school students.
  • The scene in which the monster takes a girl hostage and climbs the electric tower is an homage to the 1933 film King Kong.
  • The monster makes the same screech as Rodan from the Godzilla franchise. It also has an origin similar to Hedorah, from the same franchise.
  • Six years before Milpitas Monster was released, The Monster That Everybody Created, produced by Mike Carroll and written by Doug Brusig from Peterson High School, was the first Bay Area high school smog monster movie from a garbage dump, i.e., the Sunnyvale dump.

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