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Tarantula (1955)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 December 1955 (USA)
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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
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Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
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Prof. Gerald Deemer
Nestor Paiva ...
Sheriff Jack Andrews
Ross Elliott ...
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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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Monster Spider...crawling terror 100 feet high! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Giant Tarantula  »

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Trivia

The tarantula was an actual live spider. Air jets were used to make it move in the desired way over a miniature landscape. See more »

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The jets that take off to attack the tarantula at the end of the movie are F-84 "Thunderjets"; however, the attacking jets are F-80 "Shooting Stars". See more »

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Prof. Gerald Deemer: The history of medicine is the history of the unusual;
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Tarantula: First Impressions
19 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was eight when I saw Tarantula on the not-so-big screen. My youthful fear of death led me to a greater concern for the disease caused by the "nutrient" than by a very large spider. It contains a classic moment found in many 50's big monster "movies." Two guys are left behind in a car (which, of course, is in bad need of a tune-up and won't start) with a couple of puny rifles. They, of course, provide an evening meal for the spider. This was probably most people's first exposure to napalm as well.


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