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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 »
User Reviews:
Rotten cheese !! 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
 
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)
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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
DVD by Synergy Entertainment has Super-8mm version, as a special feature.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Mr. Kester drives home from Helga's on the night of the revival, one shot shows daylight.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 »
Soundtrack:
Scorched EarthSee more »

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Rotten cheese !!, 6 November 2003
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

The Giant Spider Invasion is not a bad movie....it's a terrible movie. Easily one of the worst movies ever made which makes it quite enjoyable again...it's a strange theory but I didn't invent it. All elements in this movie are so far below the standards that the whole finished project becomes hilarious. You're not laughing with this movie...you're roaring with laughter AT this movie. The Giant Spider Invasion was never meant to be a comedy...on the contrary, it was meant as a breath-taking monster film that would scare the hell out of people. This movie was made in 1975, when the sub-genre of "eco-horror" was making it's comeback. During the fifties this was the most popular sub-genre and the first director who came up with the scare idea of a huge spider was Jack Arnold ( Tarantula ) ... Director Billy Rebane saw his chance to do something similar and he even figured out a way to keep his production cheap!! The Giant Spider Invasion could easily be renamed to "the disguised Volkswagen attack" because the huge spiders are in fact VW Beetle's covered with sheets and legs. The headlights function as eyes. Not a bad idea you'd think ( and maybe it isn't ) but it's executed very very poorly... The spiders aren't moving, the are in fact DRIVING !! And every time they're on the screen some stupid tune can be heard in order not to notice the running engine. Great idea, Mr. Rebane...

Don't think that's the only goof in The Giant Spider Invasion...The acting is very laughable ( especially the Sheriff and the waitress are *cough cough* multi-talented ), the other effects are a joke ( that meteor hitting earth !! ) , there's no attempt to build up tension or even atmosphere and the musical score is pathetic ( example: while a couple has an argument they're running around a kitchen table. Meanwhile a stupid banjo tune is played ... cliché ). Better yet, there's a complete lack of structure during the whole movie...at first, it seems like you'll follow the adventures of a married couple but all of sudden they die, then you think a young girl and boy are the leading actors but they completely disappear and they're ain't mentioned again. Oh and by the way...did you know that a falling meteor opens doorways to another dimension ?? Neither did I. The ending is terribly forced and we're supposed to believe their solution worked while you don't see ONE spider die...Yeah sure, why not.

The Giant Spider Invasion is pure trash !! No wait, trash can be good sometimes...it's pure CRAP !! But, for that exact same reason it received a huge cult-status and the movie was very popular especially in drive-in theaters...oh, sweet irony. Giant mutated animal flicks are fun, fascinating and even terrifying from time to time ( Them! ) but this thing is nothing but a bowl of rotten cheese...One to watch if you have a weird sense of humor...NEXT !!

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