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October 1975 (USA) See more »
Creeping!...Crawling!...Crushing! See more »
Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Steve Brodie ... Dr. Vance

Barbara Hale ... Dr. Jenny Langer

Robert Easton ... Kester

Leslie Parrish ... Ev

Alan Hale Jr. ... Sheriff (as Alan Hale)

Bill Williams ... Dutch
Kevin Brodie ... Perkins
Diane Lee Hart ... Terry
Tain Bodkin ... Preacher
Paul Bentzen ... Billy
J. Stewart Taylor ... Deputy

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Helga (as Christiana Schmidtmer)
William W. Gillett Jr. ... Rider
David B. Hoff ... Helicopter Pilot (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Thingvall ... Gas Pump Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Rebane 
Writing credits
Richard L. Huff (screenplay) &
Robert Easton (screenplay)

Richard L. Huff (original story)

Produced by
William W. Gillett Jr. .... executive producer
Richard L. Huff .... producer
Dick Plautz .... associate producer
Bill Rebane .... producer
Mark L. Rosen .... executive producer
Jack Willoughby .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jack Willoughby (director of cinematography)
Film Editing by
Barbara Pokras 
Set Decoration by
Jutta Rebane 
Makeup Department
Sue Brodie .... hairdresser
Tom Schwartz .... makeup artist
Production Management
Barbara J. Rebane .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Brodie .... first assistant director
Barbara J. Rebane .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bill Rebane .... set designer (as Ito)
Sound Department
Jim Bryan .... sound effects editor (as Jim Ryan)
Ron Everett .... boom man
Steve Hunter .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects
Robert Millay .... special effects
Robert F. Nelson .... stunt man
Dennis Wilder .... stunt man
Camera and Electrical Department
Buck Gillett .... grip
Karl Kitt .... assistant cameraman
Carl Pfantz .... grip
Dick Plautz .... grip
Dick Plautz .... key grip (as Richard Plautz)
Alan M. Rebane .... gaffer (as Alan Rebane)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Brodie .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Tikki Goldberg .... assistant editor (as Ticci Goldberg)
Barbara Kress .... assistant editor
Andrea Scharf .... assistant editor
Music Department
John H. Arrufat .... music editor (as John Arrufat)
Bill Rebane .... music editor (as Ito Rebane)
William Loose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Jack K. Tillar .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Barbara Kress .... continuity
Barbara Kress .... script
Joann McCracken .... production secretary
Pat Phillips .... production secretary

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84 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Cost about $300,000 to make.See more »
Continuity: As Mr. Kester drives home from Helga's on the night of the revival, one shot shows daylight.See more »
Dr. Jenny Langer:[breathless and howling like a banshee] VAAANCE! VANCE!
Dr. J.R. Vance:What happened?
Dr. Jenny Langer:Spiders came out of the briefcase! They're coming from the geodes!
Dr. J.R. Vance:The WHAT?
Dr. Jenny Langer:Gee-ODES!
Dr. J.R. Vance:Gimmie that!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Vaaaaaaaaaaaaance!, 19 October 2009
Author: Zeegrade from Doomed Theater of Despair

Not enough credit, or perhaps discredit, is alloted to Bill Rebane as a director on level with Ed Wood and quite frankly it's wrong. His movies have that feeling of incredulity and confusion along with community college level acting that seems to endear as many viewers as are repulsed by seeing them. Don't interpret this the wrong way, his films are still awful on a scale not frequently seen, they just have that little something extra that sort of makes you smile after the fact. Kind of like when your five year old swears. You're angry that he/she did it but afterwords you chuckle to yourself. When no one is around of course.

A meteor is seen crashing into the Wisconsin countryside by NASA as they send Dr. Vance to investigate. Once there he teams up with Dr. Jenny Langer, after he carpet bombs her with sexist stereotypes, and they discover that the geodes are filled with icky spiders. Vance and Langer go up the hill and both go tumbling down. Vaaaaaaaaance! Meanwhile white trash Kester is cheating on his alcoholic wife Ev with a woman who I must assume is blind. With his long underwear and back brace Kester is definitely doing his part to bring sexy back. Alan Hale Jr. pays his sizable buffet tab by playing the useless town sheriff who looks more comfortable scarfing down a stack of pancakes at the local Perkins than serving and protecting. Eventually the giant spider makes his way to Gleason just in time to ruin the softball tournament. Whatta jerk!

I've made many a trip to cheeseland a let me tell you that the population there is pretty hokey with all of its fake Indian trinkets and goofy "hay dere" dialect but Giant Spider Invasion portrays Wisconsonians as southern gutter trash. Kester and Ev are especially guilty of this as they are more apt for some trailer park in Alabama. I had a chance to watch the full length movie after seeing this on Mystery Science Theatre and was a little sickened by two scenes involving Terry played by Diane Lee Hart. Now mind you she is playing a seventeen year old girl when she is being sized up by Kester and then caught topless by his cousin that eerily resembles Charles Manson. How this got a PG rating is mystifying to me. The movie redeems itself however when Dr. Vance pulverizes Dr. Langer as they tumble down the hill. At one point he rolls over her head. May the giant spider's soul rest with the spirit of Tommy Bartlett.

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