5.9/10
3,245
83 user 94 critic

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | November 1977 (USA)
Trailer
1:21 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of friends travel to a remote Canadian island to hunt, only to be attacked by giant killer animals which have populated the place.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A scam artist tries to sell bogus real estate deals in an area overrun by giant ants.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Joan Collins, Robert Lansing, John David Carson
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A battle for survival as hikers encounter a chemically imbalanced forest.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Christopher George, Leslie Nielsen, Lynda Day George
Frogs (1972)
Horror | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan
Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark
Grizzly (1976)
Adventure | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A fifteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a park ranger to save the day.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel
Squirm (1976)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A storm causes some power lines to break and touch the ground, drawing millions of man-eating worms out of the earth, and into town where they quickly start munching on the locals.

Director: Jeff Lieberman
Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow
Tentacles (1977)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

Director: Ovidio G. Assonitis
Stars: John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A bunch of Satanists in the American rural landscape have terrible powers which enable them to melt their victims. However one of the children of an earlier victim vows to destroy them.

Director: Robert Fuest
Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!!

Director: William F. Claxton
Stars: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun
Prophecy (1979)
Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A log company's waste mutates the environment, creating a giant killer bear-monster.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth, Armand Assante
Bug (1975)
Sci-Fi | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An earthquake releases a strain of mutant cockroaches with the ability to start fires, which proceed to cause destructive chaos in a small town. The studies carried out by scientist James ... See full summary »

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles, Richard Gilliland
Phase IV (1974)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »

Director: Saul Bass
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Deputy
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

spider | death | farm | tarantula | hotel | See All (26) »

Taglines:

There's no escaping their web of terror... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La invasión de las arañas  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$17,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The bulk of the score was film library music, which was largely made up of music cues by Jerry Goldsmith from various episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959). 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

Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen: Too women's lib !
Diane Ashley: Too Gary Cooper !
See more »


Soundtracks

Brickbat Battle
(uncredited)
Music by Laurie Johnson
KPM Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!!


21 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why no sequel? CaptainSparrow78
the ending (questions) mothfodder
Was this movie broadcast on TV in the 70's? goodrum-1
PG rating?? rmcjveatch
this was an 18!!?? sharkattack1978
Available on DVD jwnlodi
Discuss Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?