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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 ...
Joe Burch
Edwin Rand ...
Lt. John Nolan
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Hank Patterson ...
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Bert Holland ...
Barney Russell
Steve Darrell ...
Andy Andersen
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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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tarantula | desert | laboratory | cattle | day | 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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Twice in the film, Dr. Hastings lands his plane on an unpaved desert runway. Yet the sound effect when the plane touches down is the screech of tires hitting pavement. See more »

Quotes

Prof. Gerald Deemer: The disease of hunger, like most diseases, well, it spreads. There are 2 billion people in the world today. In 1975 there'll be 3 billion. In the year 2000, there'll be 3,625,000,000. The world may not be able to produce enough food to feed all these people. Now perhaps you'll understand what an inexpensive nutrient will mean.
Dr. Matt Hastings: Well, not many of us look that far in the future, sir.
Prof. Gerald Deemer: Our business is the future. No man can do it on his own, of course. You don't pull it out of your hat like a ...
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A sci-fi classic!
13 August 2002 | by (Oceanside,Ca.) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie a hundred times while growing up and I've seen it at least a hundred more times as an adult! Great story. To me it's the greatest big bug movie ever made. Interesting side story of the effects of the nutrient on humans, also. I fell in love with Mara Corday after the first time I saw this as a young child and I still think she was one of the great beauties of the screen. I think the main reason the film holds up today is the special effects are still quite impressive and there is nothing that todays audience would find hokey or cheesy. The only thing that "Bugs" me is the sound effect of the tarantula growling as it attacks. But thats just nit-picking. Its also fun spotting a young Clint Eastwood. Great sci-fi and great entertainment! A film viewing must!


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