Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

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Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his town lies in the path of hoards of migrating tarantulas. Before he can take action, the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Ashley
Walter Colby
Emma Washburn
David McLean ...
Gene Smith
Natasha Ryan ...
Linda Hansen
Altovise Davis ...
Birch Colby
Joe Ross ...
Vern Johnson
Terry Hansen
Adele Malis-Morey ...
Betty Johnson (as Adele Malis)
Roy Engel ...
Mayor Connors
Earl Forbes
Bill Coontz ...
Clyde (as Bill Foster)
Whitey Hughes ...
The Baron
Jay Lawrence ...


Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his town lies in the path of hoards of migrating tarantulas. Before he can take action, the streets are overrun by killer spiders, trapping a small group of towns folk in a remote hotel. Written by Ross Horsley <>

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November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La invasión de las arañas  »

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$500,000 (estimated)


$17,000,000 (USA)

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Donna Mills auditioned for the female lead, but couldn't do it because she was uncomfortable with spiders. See more »


The sheriff tells Shatner at Colby's accident scene that he wants to find a way down to the truck to check on the body without breaking his neck. Yet, the tow truck cable is already wrapped around the vehicle's axle. See more »


Walter Colby: Well, that would explain Spider Hill...
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Referenced in This Changed Earth (2011) See more »


Music by Johnny Pearson
KPM Music Ltd
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Captain Kirk, the Centrefold & the Marlboro Man vs the Spiders
29 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A rural town is overwhelmed by a plague of deadly tarantulas whose toxicity and ferociousness have been engorged by a cocktail of crop accelerants in another nature turns feral episode. All the usual motifs and roadblocks are wheeled out with little in the way of innovation or originality in the formula applied. Despite the predictable treatment, Shatner is such an undeniably charismatic and affable leading man, and his quirky characterization and apparent chemistry with both the female leads (principally Bolling but also, perhaps understandably, real-life wife Lafferty) makes it hard not to forgive the makers of this shameless rip-off. But while not quite as tongue-in-cheek as his long-time small screen persona, Shatner does offer a few well timed laughs that lighten up proceedings, just when things seem to be getting a bit heavy.

An equally likable supporting cast of relaxed characters (notably MacLean and Dressler) band together to combat the nemesis at the local bed and breakfast, but it seems the end is nigh for mankind. Director Cardos handles the subject matter well, bracing the audience for mild shocks and timing the suspense with aplomb.

The dialogue incorporates the usual scientific gabble, with the lusty entomologist Bolling (momentarily disrobed, but alas, just a feint glimpse) hypothesizing on the cause of cattle deaths from apparent spider bites, and there's plenty of cheerful banter (some of which sounds improvised) between her and Shatner's rugged, gregarious vet in between grim discoveries. The ending might seem like the easy way out, avoiding the necessary plot complexities to manufacture a tidy outcome, and the country-western music a tad unfitting, still in all, it's agreeably light and entertaining, and distinguished by a likable cast of laid back larrikins.

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