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The Spider (1958)

Earth vs the Spider (original title)
Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | September 1958 (USA)
Teenagers from a rural community and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider.

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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 ...
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Sally Fraser ...
Troy Patterson ...
Joe
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Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright ...
Bill Giorgio ...
Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
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Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ...
Bob Garnet ...
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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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Mike mentions on the phone that his father's theater is showing a new film, "Attack of the Puppet People." See more »

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When a citizen is fleeing from town and sees the spider return to the cave it is dark. The next scene back in town seen from the Sheriffs office it is clearly still daytime. See more »

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Mr. Kingman: [to Mrs. Kingman] It'd be a good idea if you'd stay inside the house for awhile.
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Some modern directors could take a leaf out of Bert Gordon's book.
16 March 2006 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

OK, so the special effects are not always that special, though better than many of the period, the story line is routine, though again no worse than that of similar films, and the acting is as one would expect for a film of this type. But, ask yourself, were you bored by it? At least Bert Gordon kept the action going and there were very few dull spots in his films. A lot of modern directors could learn how to pace their films from some of the old B movie directors.

Compare that to the overblown, overlong, CGI laden sci-fi "epics" to which we are currently subjected - and I know which I would prefer.

At the end of the day which is the better film - one made on a shoestring which entertains, or one costing a hundred million dollars which has you looking forward to the end credits?


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