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Writers:
Richard Robinson (screenplay) and
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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:
One of the better "nature on the rampage" flicks. See more (80 total) »

Cast

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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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97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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A sequel was planned to be released by 21st Century Film Corporation in the late 1980s/early 1990s but was never made. William Shatner was attached to return and was also set to direct.See more »
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Continuity: At Colby's accident site, the deputy tells the sheriff that an eyewitness was a quarter of a mile behind Colby's truck and saw the accident. However, during earlier wide shots of Colby driving, there was nobody as far as the eye could see on the straight highway.See more »
Quotes:
Betty Johnson:I understand you're... you're a scientist. You know you and Vern have a lot in common.
Diane Ashley:Oh... uhh, really?
Vern Johnson:That's how I make all my money... kinda scientific you know... through chemicals.
Diane Ashley:Oh, you're a chemist?
Betty Johnson:You dont understand, Vern invented a new kind of chemical toilet... you know the kind they use at construction sites.
Vern Johnson:Sold the business though... sold out to my partner... just couldn't take the pressure anymore.
[Laugh]
Vern Johnson:Uhh Say
[looks over shoulder at wife]
Vern Johnson:Uhh, say, can I buy you a drink? A pretty girl like you shouldn't be drinking alone.
[...]
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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the better "nature on the rampage" flicks., 12 April 1999
Author: funnygy from Wisconsin

"Kingdom of the Spiders" has earned a bit of notoriety in the 20+ years since its release, mainly because it features Captain Kitsch himself, William Shatner. However, this is actually a decent, watchable (though somewhat intense) horror film.

"KOTS" was one of the numerous "nature on the rampage" films that (pardon the pun) swarmed into theaters in the mid to late 1970s, riding the successful crest of Steven Spielberg's "Jaws". It seems to draw inspiration not only from that film (in that it is set in a small town that relies on a summer festival to survive), but also "The Birds" (an antagonistic romance between the two leads, a small town turned into utter chaos) and even "Night of the Living Dead" (the main characters ultimately wind up barricading themselves in a house to survive the onslaught).

The plot is typical: Shatner plays a veterinarian in a small Arizona town who is baffled by the sudden death of a seemingly healthy calf. When he asks for help from a university, they send an entomologist, played by Bolling, who informs Shatner that the animal died from a massive dose of spider venom. Sure enough, an investigation uncovers a massive "spider hill", a kind of giant ant hill inhabited by hundreds of tarantulas, in a local farmers' field, and many others are discovered later. Bolling theorizes that the normally solitary tarantulas have banded together to find food since farmers have killed their natural prey through overuse of insecticides. The hairy little devils show they have also become quite intelligent, as they carefully disrupt attempts to eradicate them, and ultimately invade the town.

Although the script is paper-thin at times, the special effects are well-done, giving the viewer a genuine "this could really happen!" feeling. Not recommended for those who suffer from real-life arachnophobia, but highly recommended for anyone looking for a good thriller.

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