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Tarantula (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 14 December 1955 (USA)
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

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Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday ...
Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
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Prof. Gerald Deemer
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Sheriff Jack Andrews
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Joe Burch
Edwin Rand ...
Lt. John Nolan
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Townsend
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Josh
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Barney Russell
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Andy Andersen
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Storyline

In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world's food supply. His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but in his case seems to have afflicted him in only a few days. The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and with Deemer's recently arrived - and very pretty - assistant Stephanie Clayton tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, the evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit. Written by garykmcd

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Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax. See more »

Goofs

When the Tarantula attacks Prof. Deemers house we see a closeup of its "face" looking through the window, with two large eyes right above the jaws. A real tarantula looks completely different, with eight eyes, located at a very different position. See more »

Quotes

Andy Andersen: [viewing what's left of his dead cattle] I never saw anything like it! No footprints! No blood! No sign of a struggle! The bones just stripped clean like peeling a banana!
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An overlooked classic!!!!!
2 March 2003 | by (pembroke,massachusetts.) – See all my reviews

This is a great horror movie. The story is excellent and the pace is swift and entertaining. The special effects are convincing, and so is the acting. Universal studios did a good job with there early monster movies, like "THE LAND UNKNOWN" and "THE DEADLY MANTIS". Very good horror movie that I highly recommend. 4/5.


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