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Release Date:
28 December 1977 (USA) See more »
Terror has 8 legs. See more »
An airplane carring coffee beans from South America has some unpleasant stowaways: a hoard of tarantulas... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Akins ... Bert Springer
Charles Frank ... Joe Harmon
Deborah Winters ... Cindy Beck

Bert Remsen ... Mayor Douglas
Sandy McPeak ... Chief Beasley

Pat Hingle ... Doc Hodgins

Tom Atkins ... Buddy

Howard Hesseman ... Fred
John Harkins ... Sylvan
Charles Siebert ... Rich Finley

Penelope Windust ... Gloria Beasley
Edwin Owens ... Frank
Alex Colon ... Hector
Lanny Horn ... Harry Weed
Jerome Guardino ... H.L. Williams
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Official
Noelle North ... Honey Lamb
Bill Striglos ... Ralph
Steve Bonino ... Spud
Nancy Burnett ... Teacher (as Mary-Nancy Burnett)

Bill Erwin ... Mr. Schneider
Anita Keith ... Mary
Iris Korn ... Dorothy

Matthew Labyorteaux ... Matthew Beck
John Medici ... Driver
Ruben Moreno ... Pedro
Joseph Reale ... Lineman
Laird Williamson ... Smitty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pepe Serna ... Illegal Immigrant (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Hagmann 
Writing credits
John Groves  and
Guerdon Trueblood 

Produced by
Paul Freeman .... producer
Alan Landsburg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mundell Lowe 
Cinematography by
Robert L. Morrison 
Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers 
Casting by
Linda Otto 
Art Direction by
Raymond Beal 
Set Decoration by
Bill Webb  (as William Webb)
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Makeup Department
Michael Germain .... makeup artist (as Mike Germain)
Charlene Johnson .... hair stylist
Production Management
Penny Adams .... production manager (as Penny Adams Flowers)
Christina Friedgen .... post-production supervisor
Kay Hoffman .... post-production supervisor
Howard Lipstone .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Magwood .... second assistant director
F.A. Miller .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
Ken Orme .... assistant propmaster
Sound Department
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
Eddie Knowles .... sound mixer
Charles E. Moran .... sound editor
Colin C. Mouat .... sound editor
Eddie Nelson .... sound mixer
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Robert Pettis .... sound mixer
George Porter .... sound mixer
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Gary Vaughan .... sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor
Michael J. White .... re-recording mixer m&e (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects
Fred Carson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John C. Flinn III .... camera operator (as John Flinn)
Charles L. Fowler .... best boy
J. Barry Herron .... aerial photographer
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (as Ross Mahel)
Roger Montgomery .... first assistant camera: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costumes
Aida Swinson .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kristi Kelsay .... assistant editor
Location Management
Barbara Bean .... location manager
Music Department
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gary Littlefield .... transportation captain (as Gary L. Littlefield)
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Barbara Adams .... production assistant
Nick Ahern .... operator: second unit
Bob Ames .... production controller
Ray Dorn .... technical assistant
Warren Estes .... spider wrangler
Marilyn Lassen .... assistant to executive producer
Amy Schnapper .... assistant to producer
Janet Lee Smith .... production secretary (as Janet Smith)
Randy Stone .... production assistant
Daxon Thomas .... production coordinator (as Thomas Daxson)
Carol Westphall .... script supervisor

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
West Germany:Not Rated (video rating)


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Not the best.. but passable, 28 November 2006
Author: discoboys2006 from United Kingdom

I love all the 1970's "animals run amok" movies and was really pleased when I found that this TV movie had finally made it onto DVD.. This film is certainly not on a par with the fabulous KINGDOM OF THE SPIDERS. The acting is rather wooden even by B movie standards ! I must admit the scenes with the spiders deliver the goods and the scenes inside the dark warehouse work well. I do feel more scary scenes involving spiders attacking the cast would have added more tension. The overall direction is rather poor and fails to raise much tension. Too much "talk" and not enough spider action !im glad I bought this film to add to my "creature flix" collection but I certainly would not recommend unless you are a hardcore fan of these kinda B movies. 5/10

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