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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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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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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 more »

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Sci-Fi | Horror

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November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição das Aranhas  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,000,000 (USA)
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Jon-Jon, who plays the injured boy covered with spiders during the tarantulas' assault on Camp Verde, is the son of director John 'Bud' Cardos. See more »

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Shortly after the Baron's crash, the sheriff has his deputy call Birch Colby at her farm. Meanwhile, Rack and Diane race out to Terry's to bring her and Linda into town. However, the mayor had previously ordered the sheriff to move all the outlying residents into town so that the Baron could spray the Malathion. This is especially true of Colby's where the main targets of the spray (20-30 spider hills) are located. See more »

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Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen: Too women's lib !
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Horror Trash-Cult Movie
20 July 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the countryside, after the death of the awarded calf of the farmer Walter Colby (Woody Strode), the veterinary Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen (William Shatner) sends blood samples to be analyzed by the University. A couple of days later, the scientist Dr. Diane Ashley (Tiffany Bolling) comes to the location and tells that the animal was bitten by spiders and killed by a massive dose of their venom. The skeptical Rack heads with Diane to Walter's farm and they find a huge spider nest in the field. Further, they find that the town is surrounded an enormous number of killer spiders and there is no way to run.

"Kingdom of the Spiders" is a horror trash-cult movie, with William Shatner in the lead role in a period that he was worshiped as Captain James T. Kirk of "Star Trek". The storyline follows the usual standard of this type of film (a murder; the discovery of the cause; the Mayor that wants to preserve his town for a big local fair; and so on). But the film is above the average of this type of film. In the end, it is worthwhile watching this entertaining film. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Império das Aranhas" ("The Kingdom of the Spiders")


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