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Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

 -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  November 1977 (USA)
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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

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

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 <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

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spider | death | farm | tarantula | hotel | See All (23) »

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A living crawling horror on earth See more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição das Aranhas  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In a nod to the movie's low budget, in the scene where the Baron crashes his cropduster into Earl's garage, the people outside of the station when it happens are not stuntmen. Rather, they are stars William Shatner,Tiffany Bolling, Hoke Howell, and some extras. See more »

Goofs

During the assault on the town, a white Mustang careens into a parked car. During the wide-angle shot, only the driver is visible. But, in the close-up after the crash, a female passenger is seen sitting upright in the passenger side just before she crawls out of the wrecked vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Betty Johnson: I understand you're... you're a scientist. You know you and Vern have a lot in common.
Diane Ashley: Oh... uhh, really?
Vern Johnson: That's how I make all my money... kinda scientific you know... through chemicals.
Diane Ashley: Oh, you're a chemist?
Betty Johnson: You dont understand, Vern invented a new kind of chemical toilet... you know the kind they use at construction sites.
Vern Johnson: Sold the business though... sold out to my partner... just couldn't take the pressure anymore.
[Laugh]
Vern Johnson: Uhh Say
[looks over shoulder at wife]
Vern Johnson: Uhh, say, can I buy you a drink?...
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Peaceful Verde Valley
Written and Sung by Dorsey Burnette
Available on Calliope Records and Tapes
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An ending like a painting
21 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

No pun intended btw with the summary line. And I'm sure not everyone will like the ending. But I think it's almost the only way to end this. William Shatner is really great in this and you can feel him, playing the ridiculousness of the script. There are even scenes, were he "fights" with Spiders, were you could be excused thinking this was directed by Mr. Ed Wood.

But of course this does has something to say and since the spiders were real (well at least most, maybe they a few plastic one thrown into the mix), this also feels real. Which must have been good and bad for the actors. Good because they didn't need a great motivation to act scared and bad ... because some actually must have been genuinely scared!

Having said that, the movie does not have a big budget (I even read this might have been initially made for TV, although I'm not sure if that's true) and the dialog is off quite a few times. If that doesn't matter much to you, you will get a really quite good, eerie and scary horror movie.


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