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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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Storyline

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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It Must Eat You to Live! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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In one scene, one of the teenagers is seen with issue #1 of "Famous Monsters of Filmland". See more »

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When Mike and Carol search for her Dad, they are traveling on a dirt road, the next shot is a close-up in the car and in the background they are now traveling on a lined asphalt road. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Cagle: [to a deputy after finding a desiccated body in a cave] Uh, you get back to town and make up a coroner's report. Just put down Jack Flynn as the name and the cause of death... uh...
Mr. Kingman: It was a spider drained all the liquid out of his body.
Sheriff Cagle: [Officiously] Just put down "cause unknown" and let the coroner worry about the rest. That's the trouble with you eggheads - you jump to conclusions! I know what I see and I see a dead man, but, uh, I don't see any spider.
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Town vs the Spider
26 January 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The title may be a little misleading, as it's not the 'Earth' that goes against the spider, but a small town. I'm sure this film is compared to the 1955 film, Tarantula and I know Earth vs the Spider receives a lot less love, but I seem to have an affinity for 'B' films and Earth vs the Spider fits right into my love of 'B' films. It has almost 40 year-old people playing teens in some scenes, it has a squealing arachnid and in the director's chair, it has the original Mr B.I.G. himself, Bert I Gordon! Sure, the film has so much going against it, if I want to be perfectly honest, but I just can't help myself.....I adore these classic horror films and the as bad as they can be, the more I love them.


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