A man is taken to a small clinic in Guam with mysterious bites on him. This sparks a search for what could have caused such wounds. A group of men and women fly to the island he lived on to... See full summary »
A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidently transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. Soon after, the residents of a small California town disappear as the result of spider bites from the deadly spider offspring. It's up to a couple of doctors with the help of an insect exterminator to annihilate these eight legged freaks before they take over the entire town. Written by
Shaun Ouimette <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The small spiders used in the film were Avondale spiders (Delena Cancerides), a harmless species from New Zealand that were provided by Landcare Research in Auckland. Despite their fierce appearance, this spider is docile member of the crab-spider family and are, in fact, harmless to humans. They were not allowed back in New Zealand for quarantine reasons. The giant "spider" used in the film was a species of a bird-eating tarantula, which attains an 8" legspan or more. Those types of tarantula are not easy to handle and can give a nasty bite. The spiders in the film were managed and handled by famed entomologist Steven R. Kutcher. See more »
When Becky is screaming after seeing the spider in the shower, you can see her underwear in the mirror reflection. See more »
Slickly-made "scare comedy" has Spielberg's patented homey touch...
Steven Spielberg produced this big-budget bug movie, yet it's got nothing on 1977's low-budget thriller "Kingdom of the Spiders", nor is it a cheesy excitement on the level of Bert I. Gordon's latter-day monster movies. Killer spiders from South America make it to the rural U.S., causing bland family man Jeff Daniels to call an exterminator (enter John Goodman, funny as a super-cool spider-killer, yet it's an intermittent cameo that calls too much attention to itself and sticks out obtrusively). There are some enjoyable, ingenious bits, yet nobody came up with a really novel way of introducing or disposing of the spiders. B-picture formula given high-tech treatment is mild fun for about ten minutes, tops. ** from ****
6 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?