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Earth vs. the Spider (1958)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  September 1958 (USA)
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Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ...
Professor Art Kingman
June Kenney ...
Eugene Persson ...
Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
Gene Roth ...
Hal Torey ...
June Jocelyn ...
Mickey Finn ...
Sally Fraser ...
Troy Patterson ...
Joe
Skip Young ...
Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright ...
Bill Giorgio ...
Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
Hank Patterson ...
Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ...
Bob Garnet ...
Pest Control Man
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When a man doesn't come home one night his daughter and her boyfriend go out searching and encounter a giant spider in a cave near the man's wrecked car. Coming back with the Sheriff, the spider is seemingly killed by DDT spraying, and the body then hauled for storage in the high school gymnasium. However, a loud dose of rock music by a teenage garage band revives the arachnid and sends it rampaging through the town. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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cave | high school | ddt | night | teacher | See more »

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50 tons of creeping black horror! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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This was filmed as "The Spider". Prior to completion, the title was changed to "Earth vs. The Spider" and that was used for the main title on the film itself. When The Fly (1958) became a blockbuster for 20th Century Fox, American International decided to ride on their success by changing the title back to simply "The Spider" on all advertising material. The main title on the film itself was never changed. See more »

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When Mike and Carol are exchanging notes, Carol takes the paper and can clearly be seen to write three separate lines of text (ie: she returns to the left-hand margin and begins writing three times), yet when Mike looks at what she's written, it is shown as only two lines. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Kingman: Well, speaking of spiders - are you sure rifles are just the thing? Insects have a pretty simple nervous system, sheriff. You could plug holes in one all day and never hit a vital spot. If you want to be on the safe side, call the pest control people in Springdale and have 'em send out all the DDT they can find.
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ONE OF BERT I. GORDON'S BEST MOVIES
1 November 1999 | by (Benbrook, Texas) – See all my reviews

For a craftsman who specialized in rather cheezy special effects, this was really one of his best movies.

You still see the holes in the superimposed spider's legs as it walks along, lines around it's body in some scenes, and the prop leg during the house sequence only dangles limply in front of the people, which is more humorous than scary. The spider's "growl" is a bit much. I don't know if arachnids make any audible noises, but, this one is very vocal.

The cave sets are pretty impressive, interlaced with real shots of Carlsbad Caverns. The story is fairly plausible, and Gene Roth is a trip as the town sheriff.

Albert Glasser gives us, again, a terrific score that adds to the terror of the story.

For it's theatrical release, the original title was shortened to just "The Spider". That would fit easily on any marquee.


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