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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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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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Monster Spider...crawling terror 100 feet high! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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14 December 1955 (USA)  »

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The Giant Tarantula  »

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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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At the tarantula's final size, humans would no longer be a suitable prey for it since more energy would be expended catching and eating such a (relatively) small food source than would be gained from ingesting it. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton: What does it look like?
Dr. Matt Hastings: Oh, like something from another life scienc... quiet, yet strangely evil as if it were hiding its secrets from man.
Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton: You make it sound so creepy.
Dr. Matt Hastings: The unknown always is.
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A Good Edition To The DVD Sci-Fi Ultimate Package
21 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films which starts off with a bang, slows down with a big lull in the middle section, and then finishes strong.

Kudos to the special-effects people to make the giant tarantula scenes look pretty good, even by today's standards some 50 years after this was made. Many times, the huge spider looks real while it's crawling down the road. I would like to have seen one or two more scenes of it in that middle section which would have kept viewers on edge throughout the film. Instead, it got a bit talky in spots.

Anyway, it still entertained and it was fun for me to see Leo G. Carroll, a guy I saw each week growing up watching "Topper" on television. Carroll played, by far, the most interesting character in this movie.

The acting was good in here, too, once again above '50s sci-fi standards. It was one of the better entries in the recently-released Sci-Fi Ultimate DVD set, offered at Best Buy. A pretty good transfer, too.


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