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Director:
Writers:
Richard L. Huff (screenplay) &
Robert Easton (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
October 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Creeping!...Crawling!...Crushing! See more »
Plot:
Giant spiders from another dimension invade Wisconsin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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50's monster movie, twenty years late See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Original Music by
Bill Rebane  (as Ito Rebane)
 
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
Other crew
Barbara Kress .... continuity
Barbara Kress .... script
Joann McCracken .... production secretary
Pat Phillips .... production secretary
 

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84 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
In a scene depicting the giant spiders attacking a little league baseball game, the spiders are obviously Volkswagen Beetles with puppet legs attached. Tread marks can be seen in several shots.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Dr.Vance and Dr. Langer are with the Sheriff in his office, the boom mic can be seen at the bottom of the frame, alternately pointing at each actor as they speak.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Jeff Jones:[on the CB radio upon seeing the giant spider] You ever see the movie Jaws? It makes that shark look like a goldfish!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
50's monster movie, twenty years late, 29 April 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

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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