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Director:
Writers:
Richard Robinson (screenplay) and
Alan Caillou (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A new species of horror is born. See more »
Plot:
Investigating the mysterious deaths of a number of farm animals, vet Rack Hansen discovers that his... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I LOOOOOOOOVE this junk! See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Shatner ... Rack Hansen

Tiffany Bolling ... Diane Ashley

Woody Strode ... Walter Colby

Lieux Dressler ... Emma Washburn
David McLean ... Gene Smith
Natasha Ryan ... Linda Hansen
Altovise Davis ... Birch Colby
Joe Ross ... Vern Johnson

Marcy Lafferty ... Terry Hansen
Adele Malis-Morey ... Betty Johnson (as Adele Malis)
Roy Engel ... Mayor Connors

Hoke Howell ... Earl Forbes
Bill Coontz ... Clyde
Whitey Hughes ... The Baron
Jay Lawrence ... Deputy
Bettie Bolling ... Mildred

Anita Merritt ... Waitress (as Juanita Merritt)
Nadia Caillou ... Screaming Woman
Valla Rae McDade ... Screaming Woman
Jon-Jon ... Injured Boy
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Directed by
John 'Bud' Cardos 
 
Writing credits
Richard Robinson (screenplay) and
Alan Caillou (screenplay)

Jeffrey M. Sneller (original story) and
Stephen Lodge (original story)

Produced by
Henry Fownes .... executive producer
J. Bond Johnson .... associate producer
Igo Kantor .... producer
Jeffrey M. Sneller .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John Arthur Morrill (director of photography) (as John Morrill)
 
Film Editing by
Igo Kantor 
Steven Zaillian 
 
Set Decoration by
Rusty Lipscomb  (as Rusty Rosene)
 
Makeup Department
Kathy Agron .... makeup artist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Heslin .... post-production supervisor
Joe Napolitano .... production supervisor (as Joseph Napolitano)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Barnwell .... second assistant director
Larry Kostroff .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Mickey Guinn .... prop master
Ed Hamlin .... construction foreman
 
Sound Department
James Dehr .... sound mixer
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer (as Bill Kaplan)
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
Rimas Tumasonis .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
Jeffrey S. Farley .... prop spider crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Cy Didjurgis .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Richard Brown .... stunts
Bill Coontz .... stunts (as Bill Foster)
Bill Copeland .... stunt flyer
Whitey Hughes .... stunt gaffer
William Hughes .... stunts (as Bill Hughes)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer (as Richard Aguilar)
Jeffrey D. Brown .... second grip (as Jeffrey Brown)
Max Buffalo .... still photographer
Jim Dunn .... key grip (as James Dunn)
James LeBlanc .... assistant camera (as Jim LeBlanc)
John LeBlanc .... assistant camera
Pete Stevens .... electrician
John D. Wheeler .... photographer: second unit (as John Wheeler)
Michael Ohrling .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Florent Retz .... assistant editor (as Dan Retz)
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music supervisor
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
René Garriguenc .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Richard Markowitz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Alexander .... driver
 
Other crew
Sidney D. Balkin .... production executive: Dimension Pictures, Inc.
Jim Brockett .... spider wrangler
Lieux Dressler .... creative consultant
Guy Garner .... production assistant
Jerry Hamlin .... location coordinator
Roger Hartman .... production assistant
Gary Keasler .... spider wrangler assistant
Marti Litis .... production coordinator
Karen Mattingly .... script supervisor (as Karen Reid)
Valla Rae McDade .... production secretary
Joe Santley .... unit publicist
Lou Schumacher .... spiders supplier
Elbert L. Sleeper .... technical advisor (as Dr. Elbert L. Sleeper)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Tiffany Bolling was cast in the female lead role because she was the only actress who auditioned who had no trouble working with spiders.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
Birch Colby:Are you crazy lady? This is our home, and no damn spiders are gonna run us out!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
I LOOOOOOOOVE this junk!, 28 August 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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