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Tarantula (1955)

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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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Cast

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Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday ...
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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Townsend
Hank Patterson ...
Josh
Bert Holland ...
Barney Russell
Steve Darrell ...
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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tarantula | desert | laboratory | cattle | day | See more »

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Giant spider strikes! Crawling terror 100 feet high! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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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 »

Goofs

The position of the hypo changes as Leo G. Carroll handles it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Matt Hastings: But what if circumstances magnified one of them in size and strength, took it out of its primitive world, and turned it loose in ours?
Prof. Townsend: Then expect something that's fiercer, more cruel and deadly than anything that ever walked on earth!
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Referenced in Back to the Black Lagoon: A Creature Chronicle (2000) See more »

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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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