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The Giant Spider Invasion – The Blu Review

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder ($300k to be exact) The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people. In the air above the mega-arachnid was three helicopters and lying crumpled at the spider’s legs were burning cars as spotlights filled the sky. One of the
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Exploitation Alley: The Big Doll House (1971)!!

I don’t know about you people, but I can’t enough of genuine, classic exploitation film that contain one or more of the following: gorgeous women who just so happen to be in a prison, a weird plot twist, a very sudden ending, some good ol’ fashioned revenge, and some Pam Grier. Lucky for us, this film met all of that criteria, and like those other elements, the film will also get extra points if Jack Hill directed it. Oh, what do you know? He totally did. Yeah, I know, I’ve been on a Jack Hill trip recently (Foxy Brown was featured in the last Exploitation Alley), but I think we need to discuss this film, mostly because it is one of the coolest films I have ever seen. I’m not going to lie, it makes me want to be in an early 1970s women’s prison in the Philippines.
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The Giant Spider Invasion – A Retrospective

A 35-minute cut of The Giant Spider Invasion will be shown on Super-8 sound film at Super-8 Giant Monster Movie Madness next Tuesday, May 1st at The Way Out Club in St. Louis.

Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Boeing Boeing

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 14, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Christiane Schmidtmer has a layover with Jerry Lewis (l.) and Tony Curtis in Boeing Boeing.

The 1965 bedroom farce film Boeing Boeing, starring Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) and Tony Curtis (Insignificance), is actually based on the 1960 French play of the same name by Marc Camoletti. (The play was revived in London’s West End and on Broadway a few years back to much success.)

The comedy movie follows the lives of two American journalists in Paris, Bernard Lawrence (Curtis) and his friend Robert Reed (Lewis). Bernard, the ultimate bachelor, is juggling romances with three stewardesses who just happen to have different schedules and nationalities. Robert, meanwhile, is scheming to take over for his buddy after Bernard’s job relocates him to another country. Lots of zany situations, close calls and bedroom door-slamming inevitably follows.

Directed by John Rich (Roustabout
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