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Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 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 (as Bill Foster)
Whitey Hughes ...
The Baron
Jay Lawrence ...
Deputy
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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 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 (26) »

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A Wild Science Fiction Nightmare. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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November 1977 (USA)  »

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La invasión de las arañas  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,000,000 (USA)
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Though Altovise Davis (wife of Sammy Davis Jr.) is listed as "and Introducing," this was actually her third movie--she played a deputy in Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) in 1974 and a co-worker of Gladys Knight in Pipe Dreams (1976). See more »

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When Rack Hansen and Diane Ashley arrive at Terry's farm, they get out of Rack's truck and close the doors. A moment later when they rush back with Rack's niece, Linda, the truck doors are open. See more »

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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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An arachnophobe's worst nightmare!
29 April 2000 | by (DVD Drive-In) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was about 12 years old, having already been traumatized by the tarantula horrors of "Arachnophobia" a few years earlier. Not only did it make my arachnophobia much worse, it was my favorite movie for several years!

"Kingdom of the Spiders" was one of the first horror movies to feature normal everyday spiders as villains (earlier films such as "Tarantula" and "Earth vs. the Spider" has made the arachnids giant in order to scare an audience). As far as my memory serves me, the only other movie prior to this that used normal-sized spiders as villains was "Kiss of the Tarantula"! The cast of "Kingdom" is sort of a potpourri of 70s drive-in movie names: Tiffany Bolling of "Wicked Wicked" and "The Candy Snatchers"; William Shatner of countless low-grade B-movies and "Star Trek"; Lieux Dressler of "Truck Stop Women"; Woody Strode of "Black Jesus"; and Altovise Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s wife who attempted a movie career. The cast is fabulous and is for the most part above average for this kind of movie. A noticeable face in the crowd is Adele Malis as the sweet older lady on vacation with her husband in peaceful Verde Valley. She is funny and lovable and creates great sympathy from the audience! I love her! The music is a mix of Dorsey Burnette country songs (the best of which is the title song "Peaceful Verde Valley") and music stolen from THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode "To Serve Man"!

Now for the main reason anyone would see this movie: the spiders. They are horrifying! The first appearance of one is when a mechanic feels inside a tire in a shack to see if it's full and is bitten by a hidden tarantula! It's quite a shock and is one of many. They are everywhere! I would dare to say that "Kingdom of the Spiders" is equal to, if not better, than its latter-day companion "Arachnophobia". Both deliver the goods to their audiences (you will be looking under chairs and between blankets weeks after seeing this movie!), the only difference being the budget and the professional cast of "Arachnophobia".

"Kingdom of the Spiders" isn't too hard to find and if you do find it to rent or buy, do so! There are too many great scare scenes not to be missed and an ending that socks quite a punch! The obvious warnings are given to those with SEVERE arachnophobia and those would like to get some sleep after watching this movie.


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