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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Kemmer ...
Professor Art Kingman
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Eugene Persson ...
Mike Simpson (as Gene Persson)
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Hal Torey ...
June Jocelyn ...
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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 ...
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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Bullets...won't kill it! Flames...can't burn it! Nothing...can stop it! See more »

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September 1958 (USA)  »

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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Blaisdell had created a small makeup appliance ("about the size and weight of a postage stamp") meant to go on the live tarantula's back to make it look like it had "eerie, catlike" eyes, but this was never used. See more »

Goofs

The spider was stored in the high school auditorium. When it revives and goes through the downtown area, it is as big as a two-story building. See more »

Quotes

Mike Simpson: Suddenly I feel hungry.
Carol Flynn: Me too.
Mike Simpson: Hey I just remembered, I've got a candy bar with me!
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Connections

Referenced in Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999) See more »

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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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