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The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1975 (USA)
Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin.

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Terry (as Dianne Lee Hart)
Tain Bodkin ...
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Paul Bentzen ...
Billy
J. Stewart Taylor ...
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Helga (as Christiana Schmidtmer)
William W. Gillett Jr. ...
Rider
David B. Hoff ...
Helicopter Pilot (voice)
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Storyline

A black hole hits North Wisconsin and opens a door to other dimensions. Giant 15 meter spiders emerge from it, who have an appetite for human flesh! Dr. Jenny Langer and Dr. Vance from the NASA try to save the world. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Creeping!...Crawling!...Crushing! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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October 1975 (USA)  »

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Invasion of the Giant Spiders  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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A surprise box office success, it was one of the top 50 grossing movies of 1975. See more »

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While talking to Billy on the phone late in the movie, the sheriff mispronounces Terry's name as "Jerry." See more »

Quotes

Dr. J.R. Vance: Hi!
Dr. Jenny Langer: Hello.
Dr. J.R. Vance: Hi, I'm Dr. J.R. Vance from N.A.S.A.
Dr. Jenny Langer: Oh, I'm so glad you're here, Doctor. I'm Jenny Langer.
Dr. J.R. Vance: Nice to meet you. I have an appointment with your father.
Dr. Jenny Langer: Oh, no no. He passed away in 1962
Dr. J.R. Vance: Oh, I'm so sorry, then the appointment must be with your husband.
Dr. Jenny Langer: I'm not married.
Dr. J.R. Vance: I'm NOT sorry. Then it's probably with your brother.
Dr. Jenny Langer: No, my brother's an interior decorator in Oshkosh. You see, Doctor... Vance. I'm afraid your appointment is with me. I'm DOCTOR Jenny Langer.
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Scorched Earth
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Music by Trevor Duncan
KPM Music Ltd
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50's monster movie, twenty years late
29 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

A giant gamma-mutated tarantula besieges a small Wisconsin community following an unexplained meteorological phenomenon, interrupting the drinking and fornicating of the local inbreds. Spicy script and a few suspenseful moments are the only redeemable features to this otherwise bland imitation of countless 50's creature craze films, most of whom did it better in all departments.

Interesting cast (of who must be said where has-beens when this little payload rolled past their agents' desks) led by Steve Brodie and Barbara Hale as intrigued ring-ins, desperate to understand the peculiar scientific phenomenon, debating astro physics and using lots of five-syllable words, while the locals are just barely managing to avoid being devoured on mass by the colossal arachnid. The still-beautiful Leslie Parrish delivers some class in her performance as a neglected, alcohol-dependent house-wife to Robert Easton, who also, contributes a watchable, if stereotypical performance as a rugged farmer, suitably concerned about the inexplicable mutilation of his cattle.

The pace is creditable, and there are some moments of suspense, though for the most part, this is a C-grade science fiction that looks like it was made in the late fifties (cast included) rather than 1975. Only a brief (and admittedly amusing) reference to "Jaws" reminds the viewer that it's a product of the mid-seventies (although that's not a compliment when you consider the production values, a limitation that director Rebane laments in the DVD extras, discussing the making of the film). As for the (anti) climax, it's both brief and disappointing, but then by that stage, no one would expect any better. Brodie and Hale come out looking like Teflon heroes, while only a handful of hapless locals are left to thank them for taking so long to do so very little.


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