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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 overview, first billed only:
Diane Ashley
Walter Colby
Emma Washburn
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
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 <ics6rh@leeds.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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$50,000 of the movie's budget went towards spiders. The producers offered to pay $10 each for live tarantulas, and handlers collected 5,000 of them. See more »


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 »


Birch Colby: Are you crazy lady? This is our home, and no damn spiders are gonna run us out!
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I LOOOOOOOOVE this junk!
28 August 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Even the most avid fans of 70's kitsch-cinema will have difficulties defending this "Kingdom of the Spiders", as it basically is rubbish from start to finish! Immensely entertaining rubbish, though, with lousy but unscrupulous plotting and over-the-top action sequences that'll keep you amused unconditionally! Charismatic actor and professional cool dude William Shatner stars as the veterinarian of a little Arizona town that developed a BIG spider problem on short notice! Tarantulas have suddenly altered all their natural instincts and they're turning against the yummy cattle and – of course – the unknowing inhabitants of the little town. The female scientist Diane Ashley explains that this is due to the destroying of their normal food sources with pesticides etc, but it's too late... The extremely venomous spiders eat their way the town and really nothing can extinguish them! "Kingdom of the Spiders" actually is so damn entertaining because of its ineptness! The screenplay doesn't even bother to drag in theories about genetic mutation or military experiments gone wrong, like it usually is the case in this type of creature-features. The spiders are just furious at humans and eat them...period! Although very low-budgeted, some sequences are well-mounted and quite suspenseful. Especially the obligatory mass-hysteria scene in which the poor villagers get overrun by millions and millions of tarantulas is a fine example of trash-cinema. Director John "Bud" Cardos, previously an actor is dreadful drive-in horror movies himself, clearly had great fun making this good old-fashioned "Don't-mess-with-Mother-Nature" flick, so why shouldn't you! His enthusiasm even was so big he threw in a hilariously inappropriate country & western soundtrack! That's fabulous!!

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