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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:
An arachnophobe's worst nightmare! 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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Trivia:
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:
Revealing mistakes: The stunt driver who hits Mayor Conner misjudged his speed and hit the brakes just as he made contact. Instead of the car taking out the mayor and then careening into the water tower, you can see it stop briefly and then accelerate again to get enough speed to take out the water tower.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Robert 'Rack' Hansen:Too women's lib !
Diane Ashley:Too Gary Cooper !
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
An arachnophobe's worst nightmare!, 29 April 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

I saw this movie when I was about 12 years old, having already been traumatized by the tarantula horrors of "Arachnophobia" a few years earlier. Not only did it make my arachnophobia much worse, it was my favorite movie for several years!

"Kingdom of the Spiders" was one of the first horror movies to feature normal everyday spiders as villains (earlier films such as "Tarantula" and "Earth vs. the Spider" has made the arachnids giant in order to scare an audience). As far as my memory serves me, the only other movie prior to this that used normal-sized spiders as villains was "Kiss of the Tarantula"! The cast of "Kingdom" is sort of a potpourri of 70s drive-in movie names: Tiffany Bolling of "Wicked Wicked" and "The Candy Snatchers"; William Shatner of countless low-grade B-movies and "Star Trek"; Lieux Dressler of "Truck Stop Women"; Woody Strode of "Black Jesus"; and Altovise Davis, Sammy Davis, Jr.'s wife who attempted a movie career. The cast is fabulous and is for the most part above average for this kind of movie. A noticeable face in the crowd is Adele Malis as the sweet older lady on vacation with her husband in peaceful Verde Valley. She is funny and lovable and creates great sympathy from the audience! I love her! The music is a mix of Dorsey Burnette country songs (the best of which is the title song "Peaceful Verde Valley") and music stolen from THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode "To Serve Man"!

Now for the main reason anyone would see this movie: the spiders. They are horrifying! The first appearance of one is when a mechanic feels inside a tire in a shack to see if it's full and is bitten by a hidden tarantula! It's quite a shock and is one of many. They are everywhere! I would dare to say that "Kingdom of the Spiders" is equal to, if not better, than its latter-day companion "Arachnophobia". Both deliver the goods to their audiences (you will be looking under chairs and between blankets weeks after seeing this movie!), the only difference being the budget and the professional cast of "Arachnophobia".

"Kingdom of the Spiders" isn't too hard to find and if you do find it to rent or buy, do so! There are too many great scare scenes not to be missed and an ending that socks quite a punch! The obvious warnings are given to those with SEVERE arachnophobia and those would like to get some sleep after watching this movie.

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