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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 »
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The eight-legged vengeance of nature! See more (81 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

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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97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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 »
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:
Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen:Too women's lib !
Diane Ashley:Too Gary Cooper !
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Soundtrack:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The eight-legged vengeance of nature!, 23 November 2009
Author: James Meeley from United States

Right off the bat, you have to know going in, that "Kingdom of the Spiders" is hardly a tour-de-force effort of film-making. It's a low-budget suspense horror film, filled with 70's cheese-tasticness. That said, however, the film does manage to entertain.

William Shatner, the perennial "cool guy" every nerd-boy wishes they could be, plays Dr. Robert "Rack" Hansen, a vet who's town is soon overrun by the eight-legged fury of millions of tarantulas. It seems the destruction of their usual food supply, by the careless use of pesticides, has caused them to look into a new source of sustenance... humans!

The overall acting in the film is passable, if unremarkable. Even the usually flamboyant stylings of "The Shat" are subdued here. There's the attempt to play up some human drama, through a love triangle between Rack, the beautiful entomologist (played by Tiffany Bolling) and the widow of Rack's dead brother (played by Marcy Lafferty). You get a couple of glimpses of Shatner's typical sexual charisma from it, but little else as far as the story goes. In fact, the whole pacing of the story is quite slow for the first 45-55 minutes of the film. This is surely to help set up the film's final act, when the spiders go on their rampage, but it isn't as effective as they probably were intending.

Really, the story and drama hinges on the spider attacks. Building slowly on the creepy feeling invoked by the spiders, watching them move from killing livestock to humans, it does create a sense of eerie tension. It plays to a fear many of us have of creepy-crawly insects and their ability to overwhelm us with sheer numbers. Director John "Bud" Cardos does effectively make the spiders into not only a credible threat, but a menacing one, as well. The scene of the townsfolk running in chaotic panic when the spiders begin attacking in force, will surely make most anyone's skin crawl. And the downbeat ending of the film is, without question, one of the best parts of the film. No typical Hollywood "happy ending" here, which only helps the movie to retain it's cult status. The film's attempt at a morality tale, by showing that mankind needs to show more respect towards nature, is both heavy-handed and poorly contrived, but that's only to be expected in a b-grade piece of 70's horror.

"Kingdom of the Spiders" is a fine piece of 70's kitsch-cinema, which doesn't try to make itself out as much more than that. And while it may pale in comparison to other movies about man facing "nature's revenge" (like "The Birds" or "Jaws", just to name a couple), it certainly is worthy of it's place of cult horror status. Just make sure to keep a can of bug spray close by, as you watch it.

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