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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.



(screenplay) (as Laszlo Gorog), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ...
Professor Art Kingman
Eugene Persson ...
Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
Gene Roth ...
Hal Torey ...
June Jocelyn ...
Sally Fraser ...
Troy Patterson ...
Sam the Bass Player
Howard Wright ...
Bill Giorgio ...
Deputy Sheriff Pete Sanders
Hugo the Janitor
Jack Kosslyn ...
Bob Garnet ...
Pest Control Man


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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Release Date:

September 1958 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The theater where Mike works is showing a stand-up display for "The Amazing Colossal Man" outside in one scene. See more »


When the exterminators are shown spraying DDT at the spider in another split-scene shot, the men are on the left and the spider at the right, with the two scenes separated by a painting of a stalagmite. But the heavy spray of DDT stops at the split screen, though in real life the spray would have been seen shooting past the stalagmite into the right-hand portion of the scene. See more »


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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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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