The Milpitas Monster

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The Milpitas Monster
Directed byRobert L. Burrill
Written byDavid E. Boston
Story byRobert L. Burrill
David R. Kottas
StarringDoug Hagdahl
Krazy George Henderson
Bill Guest
Priscilla House
Narrated byPaul Frees
Edited byRobert L. Burrill
Music byRobert R. Berry Jr.
Release date
  • 21 May 1976 (1976-05-21) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$11,000 (estimated)

The Milpitas Monster (alternately known as The Mutant Beast) is a 1976 independent monster movie directed by Robert L. Burrill.


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.


Theatrical release[edit]

The Milpitas Monster premiered in Milpitas, California on May 21, 1976.[1][2]


The Milpitas Monster was largely ignored by mainstream critics upon its release. Jeffrey Frentzen of Cinefantastique wrote in his review of the film, "Despite its inverse homages glorifying the grade-Z monster flicks, The Milpitas Monster is still more than just another lousy horror show." However, also noted the film's inherent charm, calling it "An offbeat, welcome diversion".[3] Joseph Ziemba from Bleeding Skull gave the film a negative review, writing, "Crude effects, both visually and audibly, walk hand-in-hand with people just hanging out and being themselves. Boredom sets in…then disappears…then sets in again. Beyond all of that, Milpitas is an earnest portrait of an entire community having good clean fun in Smalltown, USA during the mid-1970s."[4]


  1. ^ "'Monster' of a film premieres". Times-Advocate. Escondido, California. Times-Advocate. 21 May 1976. p. 3. Retrieved 25 October 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Monster Fete for Milpitas". The Times. San Mateo, California. The Times. 21 May 1976. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2019 – via
  3. ^ Frentzen, Jeffrey (November 1978). "REVIEWS: The Milpitas Monster". No. 8. Cinfantatiqe. p. 20. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. ^ Ziemba, Joseph. "Milpitas Monster, The (1975) – BLEEDING SKULL!". Bleeding Skull!. Retrieved 25 October 2019.

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